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A Ritual for Brown Womxn
Diasporic journeys have dismantled
our rituals. Like ashes scattered,
dissolved into seawater,
they have become ungraspable.
In ritual we reclaim
that which has been lost, stolen,
forgotten. With feet bare on ground
layered in autumnal leaves,
we encircle a fire of transformation.
Listen closely to fierce yearnings
of unwritten stories. Incessant chattering
percolated through blood
and genetic memory,
residing just beneath the surface of skin.
We chant, calling them in.
Summon our ancestors in vibrations
to bring us back together.
We go back to-get-her
the ancient mothers, wild with herbs,
rich in remedy.
Buried forest deep in self-discovery.
Remembering each other is coming home.
Home to body.
Home to source.
Home to the profundity of silence
where we converse in ancient body shapes.
We blow smoke from white sage,
set intentions that dance
behind naked flames.
We heal from the severance
of our mother’s tongue,
abandon the memory of languages
we never spat out.
And speak instead, in sacred energy.
We motion acceptance in limbs,
shaking out their histories from flesh,
from bone, from deep within.
Our hands summon one another.
Reach up towards healing
to hold each other.
form the oceans that carried us here.
And here we are,
shades of love dancing
in profound humility.
Here to soak in the magic
of our melanin,
each of us an equatorial sunset.
We came here to weave
all that has been unwoven.
We are the sweetgrass
to an African Basket,
holding our own stories.
Fae is a Dance Artist based in Manchester, U.K. Her work blends poetry and movement to confess the multi-layered narrative of the othered body. She centres her writing around queer identity and experiences of otherness from a mixed heritage perspective. IG: versing_the_body
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