Make No Apologies For Yourself

Dear you, make no apologies for yourself

because you are covered in a listening skin

Because every ache you feel is not your own

Because of the bowl of sorrow your mother carries

Because of your father’s wildfire moods

Because of how many rivers they crossed

Because of the lynching tree

Because when you enter bookstores

volumes fall off shelves into your open palms

Because you ask questions of the universe

and it answers and opens before you like a page

Because you can read the sky: those clouds

and that murder of crows

Because poets are your wounded idols

Because the truth even if it hurts

it is to be cherished and held

and just because people die

does not mean they don’t walk with you daily

Because the river has a mouth that speaks their names

Because the river flows with stories

Because you sit on the shore and listen

Because alone is more comforting

than being together

Because your pen is oceanic

Because you are eyes wide

equipped with outer and inner sight

Because you suffer from what you see and hear

Because you have sinus arrhythmia, and your breath is short

Because asthma is one of the monkeys on your back

Because your heart is the vehicle you choose to ride this go round

Because it can go forward and backwards in time

Because bookstores are your oracles

Because poetry is your greatest archeological tool

Because you plummet even though you can barely swim

Because you trust the ride of journal and journey

even if you do not always float

Because your heart beats to your breath

Because of this music you dance raw and wild

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  1. […] Glenis Redmond travels all over the world, and is a Warrior Road Poet with two posts as the Poet-in-Residence at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina, and also Poet-in-Residence at State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Glenis served as the Mentor Poet for the National Student Poets Program, and in 2014 and 2015 she prepared student poets to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education, and for the First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House. Glenis is a Cave Canem Fellow, a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient, and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. She helped create the first Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Glenis believes that poetry is a healer, and she can be found across America in the trenches applying pressure to those in need, one poem at a time. CLICK FOR MORE […]

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