06.20.20

I am fascinated by the ways in which we give energy to the people who hate us and none to those who love us; by the naivety that wasted money is more dreadful than wasted time and how in hindsight old love outshines the new and lies taste better than truth.

writing prompt V – between 2 tongues

Writing Prompt Five Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. Below you will find your fifth writing prompt. Remember, prompts may be completed in any language. Write a word from any of your tongues that you struggle to translate into English. Once finished, draft a poem as its definition. Sit with this prompt for as long as... Continue Reading →

writing prompts IV + V – between 2 tongues

Writing Prompts Four & Five Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. Today we will complete sister prompts: two prompts which compliment each other. Below you will find your fourth and fifth writing prompts. Sit with these writing prompts for as long as you need, play with your lines. Consider language— and by language I mean expression,... Continue Reading →

language & land

I spit cherry pits Into the Thames. I prance in the streets my ancestors dare not step; I drink the wine, smell the lavender Sleep soundly. I thank my sisters for bringing me back To nibble and milk the teat of This place called "Motherland." -from away & back, by leaf jerlefia

writing prompt III: between 2 tongues

Writing Prompt Three Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. Below you will find your third writing prompt. Words are magical. There is wonder in every word. Today we’ll create magic through neologism. Sit with this writing prompt for as long as you need, play with your lines. Consider language— and by language I mean words, meaning... Continue Reading →

writing prompt II: between 2 tongues

Writing Prompt Two Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. Below you will find your second prompt. Prompts may be completed in any language. In one language, write a poem about misunderstandings. Now, directly translate that poem into a second language of which you are fluent. How has the poem changed? What remains the same and what... Continue Reading →

writing prompt I – between 2 tongues

won't you celebrate with mewhat i have shaped intoa kind of life? i had no model.born in babylonboth nonwhite and womanwhat did i see to be except myself?i made it uphere on this bridge betweenstarshine and clay,my one hand holding tightmy other hand; come celebratewith me that everydaysomething has tried to kill meand has failed.... Continue Reading →

language & drowning

Bodies buoyant When cast overboard Luggage lost at sea Water in my lungs. Pools, hot and cold Hot tea to soothe a turning stomach— Sea salt Salt to sanitize Prayer prescribed to pain. Gasping for air My rock solid composure Above water and drowning Water erodes rock.

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