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GRILLONS par Cynthia Atkins

Constellations call my heart home
Energy that created the world
Lives in me
Constantly speaking
Let there be
I align
Inhale
Exhale
Watch it unfold like flowers
Opening to the light
I expand each time
Relaxing into God
Falling into brightness
Swimming in possibilities
Drinking Spirit’s goodness
It’s good for my body
Bones
Mind
Filling me to overflow
I begin to shine and shimmer
I got God in my helix
My origin story is Black girl magic
Peel back the veil
Sky open to more sky
Greater expanse
The stars have stars
So much light
My eyes change
Adjust to new colors
Remember//breathe
Inhale
Exhale
I cry light-filled tears that
Leave rainbows not salt

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Sometimes Black bodies have too much

Iron in the blood

Metal calls out to its own kind

Makes sure the bullets find their mark

Hemochromatosis by Davelyn Hill

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Davelyn Hill (she+/her+) is a Black Queer abolitionist who was born and raised in the south. She+ is the Executive Director for Speaking Down Barriers. SDB is an organization whose mission is Equity for all. She+ has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse College. Alongside providing counseling services, she+ has led support groups, presented research, and conducted university presentations around racial trauma and oppression. She+ enjoys facilitating groups and retreats around grief and wholeness. Davelyn Hill, also known as Davelyn Athena is an author, poet, and intuitive painter. She+ also has a master’s in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry from Converse University. Davelyn’s poem “Deloris” was published by the Plant and Poetry Journal. Her poem “Questions” was featured online through Spark and Echo. Her writing deals with living in a time of systemic racism and imagining a new world where equity is a reality. She loves to write using nature as a metaphor for the emotions we experience.  Davelyn Hill Instagram Facebook

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