Kamika Cooper and Darice Jones

Kamika Cooper
digital photography


This Time Around
By Darice Shatteen-Jones
Inspiration Piece

I wanted to be the bird
But I was the air
Expanding everything that pulled me in
Holding things up
Without being seen
Always in motion
And never really tired

Y’all shoulda told me I couldn’t be that bird
Or created me without a love for community
Or without a love of the freedom that only comes from flying together

Air is everywhere
And no one appreciates abundance
Until it is gone
And things start to die

Y’all coulda had me be different air
The kind that is not conscious
That wants for nothing
That prefers just being
Without passion
Without direction
Without desire
Without life

But instead you betrayed me
And in all my being


Having seen almost everything

I haven’t seen a way
To forgive you for that.

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  1. Posted March 3, 2019 at 9:33 pm | #

    Beautiful Darice and Kamika. Thank you for sharing your insight and vision.

  2. Posted March 4, 2019 at 8:45 pm | #

    I love this poem! Wow, wow, wow.