Rosebush

rose·​bush | \ ˈrōz-ˌbu̇sh a shrub that produces roses I grew in a two bedroom townhouse on a street named Sunrise. Below the bedroom window facing the street, a rose bush grew. I didn’t care much for those roses.  I hated the strong protruding thorns that met my flesh anytime I got too close. The smell of roses didn’t conjure imagery of grandeur. Rather the smell of sweat — from a hardworking man laboring to feed four children. Reminders of hungry nights and the absence of a progenitor. No, I was not fond of roses.  As an adult, my distaste …

Support

sup·port /səˈpôrt/ verb 1. bear all or part of the weight of; hold up.  2. give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act. I grew up with three older siblings. In terms of family it was the four of us and my Dad. All the rest of our family, both paternal and maternal, lived in a parish in Louisiana.  The four of us were close. We stood up for one another, we loved one another, and always had one another’s back.  One year for Halloween (I don’t recall my exact age – elementary age for sure), we didn’t have enough …

Imbalance

im·bal·ance/imˈbaləns/ noun lack of proportion or relation between corresponding things An ecological imbalance is a natural or human disturbance that disrupts the natural balance of an ecosystem. Following a disruption, the environment can restore to a balanced state. However, in the case of severe disorder or continuous disturbance, the ecological equilibrium will never recover. As a living species, humans play an essential part in maintaining an ecological balance. If one species is off-balance, the entire ecosystem is imbalanced. Unrest is convulsively fanning the US, following the death of George Floyd, a Black man slain by Minneapolis police officers, contributing to …

Disengage

dis·​en·​gage \ dis-in-ˈgāj \ disengaged; disengaging; disengages transitive verb : to release from something that engages or involves intransitive verb : to release or detach oneself There is a phenomenon unfolding, an awakening, a revolution. However, arousal for white people is an opportunity for a lot of Blacks to disengage. Know that anger and rage cannot be suppressed indefinitely. Mainstream media, major corporations, grocery store clerks, and neighbors who have seen our Black faces for years, are suddenly touting Black Lives Matter and expressing the desire to have an open dialogue about what change looks like. Consider that rather than …

Echo

ech·o /ˈekō/noun a sound or series of sounds caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface back to the listener. a close parallel or repetition of an idea, feeling, style, or event. I am selfish with my love, and I don’t share it with easily. Yet, there are those that enter your life and demand that you love them simply because they love you unconditionally.  They lay beside you on days that your body is too weak to stand. They guard you in safety and would fight to the death to protect you.  Regardless of the amount of …

Connection

con·nec·tion /kəˈnekSH(ə)n/ noun a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.  I traveled a course, with great affection for rational energy as it converted vanes into lights. Under a blanketed sky those red lights served as an indicator a beacon of safety. Decoding the shapes and sounds of the structured vastness of the Mojave. The landscape designed for extremes is an invitation to embrace our vulnerabilities. Much like my journey, nature is on a mission to take back all that has been stolen. The course of life is strenuous at times, though …