“How can a body withstand this?” quote by Ellen Bass

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“To love life, to love it even

when you have no stomach for it

and everything you’ve held dear

crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,

your throat filled with the silt of it.

When grief sits with you, its tropical heat

thickening the air, heavy as water

more fit for gills than lungs;

when grief weights you like your own flesh

only more of it, an obesity of grief,

you think, How can a body withstand this?

Then you hold life like a face

between your palms, a plain face,

no charming smile, no violet eyes,

and you say, yes, I will take you

I will love you, again.”

― Ellen Bass

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This Is Not an Article about Rachel Dolezal

Black Millennials

I’m not writing about Rachel Dolezal. There’s no need for her — and her lies, cultural theft, violence, and overall fuckery — to take up any more space.

But since we’re all so transfixed with Black women now, can we perhaps channel our collective societal anger and newfound enlightenment towards Arnesha Bowers, the 16-year-old Black girl and 11th grader at City College who was stalked, sexually assaulted, strangled, robbed, and set on fire by two gang members in Baltimore?

You may have missed her story. After all, the deaths of Black women rarely raise national outrage.

Bowers was recently killed by Adonay Dixon (23) and John Childs (20), two Blood affiliates. Baltimore, a notoriously impoverished city with high rates of violence and crime, and seen a significant spike in homicide following the death of Freddie Grey. Dixon met Arnesha Bowers at a party, and thinking her grandmother with whom she lived had…

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Don’t Allow It To Continue To Hurt You

Positive Outlooks

Don’t let past relationships and old mistakes ruin your future.  Don’t let someone or something that didn’t make it in your life continue to hurt you.  If you do, you’re still giving a portion of your life to something that no longer exists – it’s like letting your happiness slip into a black hole.  Learn the lesson, release the pain, and move on.  Scars remind us of where we have been, not where we are headed. — Unknown


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Smell You Later

Writing

 

Writing Prompt: Humans have very strong scent memory. Tell us about a smell that transports you.

 

 

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Last Friday I was picking my mother up from work, and by the time she had buckled herself into the car, her entire smell filled the car. It’s not a good smell, and it’s not a bad smell, it’s just her smell, totally unique to her, it’s her “mom scent”. I thought to myself, “she has always smelled like this” My theory is that I still have that strong bond with her that I developed in infancy since it’s been said that babies learn their mother’s smell early in life, wiring the scent into their brains. I wonder if my mother smells the same to my younger brothers, or if they share that same emotional connection to her based on her scent.

Her scent makes me feel safe and secure and if I was asked to name it…I would call it love. Simply put if I was blind-folded and asked to find my mother through scent only I would be able to do it in a heart beat.

 

 

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