The weight of being human
My creative practice is varied and runs the gamut from drawing and painting to writing. This is something I wrote today and I want to share it with you.
Sometimes, the weight of what it means to be human becomes unbearably heavy. It feels as though there isn't a way to live in this world and still just breathe. Despondency can be felt down to the marrow of bone, and it's hard to see the light again. The luminosity of our essence sojourns to a scene we have no access to and lies still to mourn. In our hour of despair when our need to connect as one is deepest we rail against each other and we cry tears of agony in synchronous isolation.
Race is a poisonous mythA name given to an idea born from fear
A label given to that which differed from the image of the namerAnd such power the stories have held since its inceptionIn the name of race
Hate has found a homeA culture of war has kept it fed
Fat and healthy as the day it was sprungAnd violence spreads like warm butterto act as a balm against the insidious belief
That we are the evil we despise
To soothe the festering wounds of pain and hatred we hold for ourselvesWe smash the reflection in the mirror that is our fellow manand use the name of love claiming to uphold what is rightIn order to give ourselves a reprieve from brawling with our own fear, shame, and helplessness
Searching for power over the pain of being humanBecause it is easier to project everything bad within usonto another and break them in our steadBelieving we have exorcised the demons that haunt usThan to tread onto the unsteady waters of the psyche andmeet ourselves with empathy and compassionBut it is not until we can do thisEach one of usTo meet our selves with gentle and true understandingthat we will be able to do so for each otherThe war fires of race will rage on until we can seethis word"Race"is an inventionAn illusion that we are separateWe must embrace ourselves fullyin order to embrace each other
There is only one antidote in the gangrenous face of hatred. Compassion.