I told you. I speak in poetry these days.
I speak in poetry because it might actually be the voice of my self… the voice that comes out when I have to put feelings to paper… have to. The drifting colors in my mind’s eye sometimes become so loud that they must manifest themselves into words. I, in turn, must let them out to run all over the page.
If we ever occupied the same space, you could never tell that they were all my sisters. My skin stands in the middle of the spectrum, as full a continuum as ever there was. There is something stronger than skin that connects me to each of these women.
There is something in their fiber… something unyielding… something that refuses to allow doubt into my mind… something that fights at the mists, tears at the veils, pulls back the layers, and shouts, loudly and to all of me that can hear:
“There you are.
Look away if you want, but between the light and the shadow, you exist.
When you forget, we will remind you.
You exist, and we can see you.
We can see you.
You glow, and you are not lost.”
And when I doubt myself, you materialize as though you were waiting, watching on the out-skirts for that moment when I would find myself both trapped and under siege
One of you heard me in a dream… months since the last time we ran into each other in person, and she actually saw me, project at hand, afraid that I couldn’t. Told me don’t be afraid. Told me God (she calls Him “Daddy”) has given me the ability to complete anything that is presented to me. Told me don’t argue. Told me don’t be afraid to move and shake and change and keep on… even when you can’t see what’s over the next hill. “All is well when we dwell in love.”
Could hear me, even through her dreams.
Another has never tolerated my wavering belief in myself… has never allowed that I deserve anything but everything… has never for a moment considered that I might not be made of gold. I have, at times, feared disappointing her (turns out I’m only made of human)… forgetting that she sees the God in me… stays fixed on the God in me… can’t stand to hear the things I say that seem to cover up the God in me... seeks Him out. My wavering she indulges, but He never disappoints. And she spoke and shared and listened and reminded me, with strong conviction (she is made, among other things, of strong conviction), that my destiny doesn’t involve disregard, isn’t tied up yet, and remains open for interpretation. My own interpretation.
I had the strongest sense today that my heart was in the Hands of Someone Whose Hands Heal.
I was torn recently. A seam gave out somewhere not visible on the surface. I’m working on sewing it up, but the needle pricks are sometimes more than I can stand, and sometimes I have to pause, to rest, to remember why I’m sewing and not just tossing the dress of a life I’m living out… worn out… must have been if that seam blew…
So I stop, I stretch, I lay flat and remember that, if all else fails, the ground, with no help from me whatsoever, will hold me up.
Also call for help.
They can hear you over the noise.
They can always hear you.
Will always want to know your favorite color and what you learned in class today.
Will always read the words once you’ve lined them up again.
Also Life is, among other things, a gift.