Moon of Freedom to Tell

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Moon of Freedom to Tell

New Moon, February 23, 2020

Harriet’s Light

(Moon of Freedom to Tell)

What are we to do

with the chickadees—

their insane happiness

& insistent colorful flit

in the renunciate simplicity

of leaf-bare winter?


What are we to do

with either the ongoingness

or the bitter evidence

of colossal ending?


What stories do we tell

ourselves & our inner child—

more so the to-be-born

sensate beings of the future

who will wonder & ask,


What were they doing

under that changing light

if not changing tirelessly

to become better elders—


if not going into the dark

to tell truth—


if not flying against

the strong current—


if not acting for freedom

to be wholly beautiful—

to become free within

all change,

with all beings?



Text by Qayyum Johnson

Painting by Suiko McCall, suiko.art

She Who Swallows the Thunder, 2018. Ink on paper, 30×70″. Private collection.



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