“I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” - Jimi Hendrix

Adele One And Only (cover)by Zethi by danielzethi

She wrote poetry that made you want to sit on a heavily shaded lawn with a cup of sweet tea.

And read it right in front of your father and his brothers who believed boys should never wet their hands in the kitchen sink washing dishes or bend sweeping floors.

Men who fathered their children afraid to be friends with their sons.

She wrote poetry that healed all of you, even parts of you that were hidden under shadows for not being manly enough for your father.

You learnt it was human not womanly to cry.

And when you picked up an axe to cut wood, it wasn’t ego or show of strength that made the job easier.

You were in a hurry to read the part where she spoke about how her words will always haunt you, even your shadow.
And how you will always find parts of her within you

she wrote poetry - Tapiwa Mugabe,

(via tapiwamugabe)

(via tapiwamugabe)

most of the time.
when i am listening
to two people.
discuss why their relationship. friendship. child/parentship. siblingship…
has ended.
i know that
will tell some lies. and
both people
tell some truth.

the pain makes it easy to tell the lie.
the love makes it difficult not to tell the truth.

so i usually just
take their hands into my hands.
(respectively of course)
let their
break and love.

we, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)

(via nayyirahwaheed)

Adele One And Only (cover)by Zethi by danielzethi

Adele One And Only (cover)by Zethi by danielzethi

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut

—― Albert Einstein (via psych-quotes)

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kuharap kaki barumu tidak akan lelah berlari.

kuharap luka di kakimu sudah pulih sehingga kamu bisa berlari jauh.

kuharap kaki barumu bisa mengajakmu berlari ke pelangi tempat yang mau kita tuju.

kuharap jalan yang kamu lalui sudah diaspal dan rata.

dan kuharap, kamu tidak perlu terjatuh lagi.


karena hidup tidak selalu tentang berbicara. bekerja. berencana.

aku tidak berenti untuk berusaha. hanya intensiku sudah tidak disana.

kapan kamu kembali ke ‘rumah’mu? ingat jalan pulang, ingat apa maumu.

aku tidak kemana, masih ditempat yang sama. tetap berusaha, meski dalam diam.

aku ingin ketenangan.

kalaupun kamu menyadari dimana rumahmu, kembali. kemari.

jangan pergi lagi.


teruslah berlari tidak perlu kau hadapi.
kubur semua benci, siap dengar caci maki.
jangan sekalipun kamu berhenti, apadaya kalau jalanmu habis nanti.

hingga sampai saatnya tidak ada tempat menapak lagi, kamu terpaksa menghadapi, dan aku sudah pergi.

sampai jumpa, sayang. baik-baik ya.

you must write what you know
you can write what you do not.

you must write who you are
you can become someone else.

you must honor your story
become a great storyteller.

you must write yourself.
you can write anything else.

sankofa, nayyirah waheed

dedicated to every poc writer who is told our stories are invalid and worthless. we have details that make the planets melt, and weep, and dance. believe. excavate. tell. hold those ‘insignificant’ things that you are ashamed of up to the sun, and behold you. hold you. uncover. sweep through yourself, look under your eyes, behind your arms, inside your laughter. write about the fragrance of your tears, how your hands tell you things, the way your grandmother likes you to sit with her. every detail of you is something, is precious, is immeasurable. you are your story. sci fi is not created in a vacuum, our imaginations are also a part of our soul, be who you are in this world and the worlds you create. there is a magic that transforms talent into incredible art effortlessly, and it is simply the honoring of who you truly are. you.

(via nayyirahwaheed)

(via nayyirahwaheed)

…Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power — not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.

—bell hooks (via grillfriend)

(Source: missbostonsays, via nayyirahwaheed)

someone can be madly in love with you and still not be ready. they can love you in a way you have never been loved and still not join you on the bridge. and whatever their reasons you must leave. because you never ever have to inspire anyone to meet you on the bridge. you never ever have to convince someone to do the work to be ready. there is more extraordinary love, more love that you have never seen, out here in this wide and wild universe. and there is the love that will be ready.

—nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)

(via nayyirahwaheed)