the blue sea I was born in
has condensed into tears
tears that hold the history
of my ocean birth
tears drying into salt crystals
that crumble between
my roughened fingertips
pomegranate juice trails behind me
my gift to the sea
I bite down hard on the seeds
and crawl across rocks
to reach the shore
and there, as I lie nestled in the sand
schist and quartz pebbles
clutched in my hand
bones bleached white in the sun
I think of you
are your colours so different?
I came ashore
with nothing more
than the skin
my mother dressed me in
do you see?
we are all tears and blood and bone
open the door
take these stones from my hand
hold me and welcome me home
Sorting through some papers I found notes for a poem – at first I had no idea what they were about – though I was fascinated to see my thinking and editing at work while I was writing. Then the words “One Million Poets” registered – and it all made sense.
This was a poem I started at the end of last year/beginning of this – but never finished. Recent events make it so much more relevant. Working closely with the initial notes, these notes became “Tears” – a poem for immigrants, refugees, anyone seeking a home. (I’m intrigued by the cloud formation I unintentionally captured to the left of the poem – what does it look like to you?).
The “One Million Poets” project was begun by World Poetry Open Mic to address “feelings of separation” and to “share messages from the hearts of real people”.
If you’re interested in this, go to the link above, and offer a poem. The following is from their website:
How To Get Involved
- Write (or decide to cover) a poem that resonates with you with a some sort of message about community, humanity, and love for all of humankind.
- Create a simple video or audio recording of you reading it to the camera. In your video, challenge three other people to do the same within three days.
- Upload your video or audio to YouTube (video) or Soundcloud (audio). Make sure to write “One Million Poets” in the title. Also, if you use hashtags, make sure to use #Onemillionpoets in your description and tag section.
So I took the plunge and made a video!
“Tears drying into salt crystals”… wonderful image.
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