a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
from the monitor to your mind, burning ghosts you deny
knowing. we can no longer celebrate your ancestors’
actions taken as divine liberty on coal dark bodies.
a vision is rollin ‘round in my head and we need
to talk about it. it’s been 55 years this time ‘round
I’ll take cash for da mule and 40 acres in New Jersey.
you woke this morning knowing yourself to be outta synch
with the universe after crouching in the dark, note taking
while draped comfortably in your usual cultural silences
that have kept you warm for so many centuries.
whenever we meet, you ain’t gonna get no sleep.
we the people you thought you could leave behind
we the people demanding to abolish your state of mind.
words trip up your tongue as you are forced to review the texts
of future pages of required reading correctly labeled as truths
about sleepless spirits deprived of life, liberties, pursuits, happiness.
the words terrible, terror, torture, trauma rise up for a proper burial.
of emails demanding decolonization outside of yourself does not
resurrect them. whenever we meet, you ain’t gonna get no
sleep. a vision is rollin ‘round in our heads and we need to talk
as sci-fi morphs into non-fiction in the streets, our bones tell us
we can’t wait. we have prepared a seat at the table for you, this is
not an invitation to amnesia. your world where seeing defies believing
is crumbling. it’s our morning, we are in labor, more babies are coming.
it, cause when we meet, you ain’t gonna get no sleep.
Fern Metcalf is a poet and photographer. Fern was invited as a panel member and honoree for “Women in the Arts” by the Staten Island Women’s Political Caucus. She has had two solo photography exhibitions, “Cuba! …and its magic” at the Spotlight Gallery, Wagner College Campus and most recently, “We The People: Black Indians in America” at Snug Harbor Newhouse Center. Reviews of her work has been featured in Huffington Post and the Staten Island Advance. She has participated in writing workshops in NYC, namely Cave Canem and Poets House. Her writing has appeared in the Staten Island Creative Community Quarterly Journal 2018 and she produced and edited “Kinky Reggae,” a zine for ETG Café. She is currently working on a manuscript of poetry that focuses on her photo exhibit and research about Black Indians in America and her own Chickasaw heritage entitled “Diggin’ Up Stuff In The Cornfield.”