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Haiku, Limerick, Zen, Mookuka And Other Fun Poetry / Re: Quatrain Riddles
« Last post by A-FRIEND on Yesterday at 02:49 PM »
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on Yesterday at 02:46 PM »
~~~Beth Applegate~~~


Keeping it real.

I have a love/hate relationship with supporting white people in doing anti-racism work. And quite frankly have the same relationship with my own journey to address how internalized white supremacy lives in me.

The pernicious nature of internalized white supremacy means I’m constantly at risk of remaining the problem by denying how it lives in me, and that is exactly what white supremacy wants of us as white people. The solution is that white people must commit to learn how to stop feeding the monster. And, that being part of the solution takes life-long intentional practice in every face-to-face meeting, at the gym, and grocery store, every FB post or response.

Most racially conscious people I know - both white and people of color – acknowledge and we often talk with each other about how hard it is to work with white people who are less conscious. The interdependent  nuanced and complex four themes that we talk about remain constant.

How stuck white people remain in our defensive insistence that we are good people, and how we never meant to be racist, and our refusal to see that doesn’t translate into the solution which is to take responsibility for our racist beliefs in behavior, attitude, word and action.  So, we remain stuck, and continue to be the problem, instead part of the solution.

White racial collusion which is the nuanced way in which white groups maintain norms of membership who’s in and who’s out, and what’s appropriate and what’s not. Who are the “right people,” “real” players.  It involves acts driven by our conscious and unconscious need to maintain or gain group power. White collusion manifests in those moments when we as white people are privately determining the level of risk we will take in going against white cultural norms in order to keep the privilege of membership; fit in, be liked, or avoid being the target of attention.

White people’s anger toward the person who dares to name how white supremacy is playing out daily within us and around us when we witness it – instead of holding the person who committed the racist act accountable. Unless we white ppl fully accept that we have been indoctrinated by white supremacy and start  being part of the solution by noticing how we are unintentionally being racist so that we can stop this behavior, we are going to remain part of the problem, and it is going to show up daily in all our interactions.

The phenome of “white fragility” the state of mind in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable in us and triggers a range of defensive reactions. Instead of embracing feedback, calling each other into accountability, white ppl shoot the messenger, and revert back to what white supremacy has taught us so well, we become reactive.

These reactions include the external display of emotions such as anger, fear and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, shaming, social ghosting, and/or taking ourselves out of the stress-inducing situation.

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Marsha - Thank you for your kind response.  The daffodills refer to Wordsworth's poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" - his poem dwells on the beauty of the daffodills,
mine is distracted by the lady - RC
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Today / Re: Today
« Last post by daisyxo on Yesterday at 07:40 AM »
Hey poetry peeps ... hope everybody is well!  The Atlantic is very active this year.  If you're anywhere near, stay aware, and safe!  I see a lot of guests peeping in.  I know a lot are browser bots and spiders, but if you're real, come on in and say hi  :hearts
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Hickory, Cotton, and Fools
« Last post by daisyxo on Yesterday at 07:13 AM »
Quite a picture you've painted there, Weave.  I really like the combination of a lamb and wolverine.  It first reminded me of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde ... then a flash struck of tenderness turning into a burning frenzy as the wolverine breaks free and expresses herself.
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: time slipped through my fingers
« Last post by daisyxo on Yesterday at 07:05 AM »
Maybe if we remembered everything about our lives (daily events, thoughts, dreams) ... well I think our minds would explode.  I think it's all stored in there, we just don't know how to recall it.   Another thought is that if we remembered everything, we'd never escape the past.  I like your rewrite, less cluttered, straight forward.
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Hey mojo ... I enjoyed reading your poem.  In fact, I read it several times.  Not to decipher your meaning, but to feel the flow between your thoughts and you can almost touch the rapture.  I like this poem, very much!
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I wandered lonely under heaven;
she struck the sky,
affirming symmetry to my eyes,
ushering in full rapture
on that dew-frisking day.

Dawn, through bright surprise,
draws us out of ourselves
in delight;
so she
revived my passion,
spirited
my gloom away,
shook out delay
sly and pure
as the naked moon
in night’s array.

She stole the heart I bared
and stored it,
so the grandeur I falsely held
fell to earthly size.

Thoughtful, lucidly practical,
she suspended her life
and unthinkable death
airily above all circumstance.

If fulfillment lies ready,
she, with an angel’s steady gaze,
will guide it through the mist.
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: the 14th day
« Last post by Halo on September 24, 2018, 02:07 AM »


Even after they're long gone! Thanks Weave!
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