acrylic on canvas
There is the term "it takes a team". Used whenever an endeavor is going to need a collective effort for success.
During the Middle Passage, the journey that changed the lives of millions of Africans, many humans and their descendants, in the hulls of slave ships we had to support each other through the murky waters to survive. I imagined that through the chains and other nefarious means to bound humans, African men and women embracing and exchanging energy that assured each of a future that was vastly unknown. With only the knowing of each other to survive.
It is my belief that as the mother who birthed of all civilization, God put his strength in the African woman. A backbone that served as the pipeline of power that to this day continues to get us through. She selects and carves the perfect stone that is the foundation of our people,
God saw you
As the center
Of our survival
Your backbone, your strength
made of galvanized diamonds
Strong enough to breathe wind in my sails
pushing me forward
to carry the weight
Of such an angry country
out of your path/ so you can navigate
And course our future.
We will get there together
Our children will dance in reverie.
tomorrow will bring the rain only for growth
and I will sit under the day and
watch you in awe/
as you give birth by winking an eye
to the promise of our people.