- Lorraine Johnson
 Seeing Whole
The Body—it holds all of its haul
Through ancestral lands,
And hard stories that stay
And long migrant trails,
and colonial tales
of false wins proclaimed,
And medieval butcheries
and brutal enslavement
that still weather us worn,
And inhumane acts
that continue to be born.
Yet be, they can’t not,
as they hide and they fight—in all of our veins,
regardless of clout, or money or fame.
So travel we must through thick heavy mud
with face towards the rain that ever—
so slowly—lessens the pain,
as it gently removes a bit of the load
as we lighten—slightly—the handmade mold
and begin to fly, yes, and grow tall and more free
as we hope—for others—yes others—to finally see
And then gently or strongly—we show up,
at the side of the mighty green tree,
more firm are we—that all of us must be—and play,
under the great canopy of its ever-giving decree.
So through brazen sun—
and the light of the moon
and persistent wind
and hidden songs—and sometimes not,
and journeys long, with laid out rocks—
carefully placed so some will fall,
and cracks and crevices that if left unseen,
gobble us up whole and lock with a key,
We rise, we stand, we take our place, and stay hand to hand—
revealing and healing the circle of trauma that engulfs all of this—one human race.
And the Bodies, yes each of them hold—precariously—the persistence of one longing song,
that urges and urges us to pause and unearth—the remaining trace of a lasting grace,
as we hold on, and hold on—yes—to life’s sweet embrace.