Rise: An Artist Collaborative of Inner Strength
Rise Again by recording artist Carla Fleming, Sacramento, USA
set design by visual artist Cpt. Gabor Dvornik, Budapest, Hungary
Plight of the Powerless Consciousness by written-word artist, Crystalkay Fairrington, Berkeley, USA
developed by Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger
Plight of the Powerless Consciousness
I’m far from my peek of consciousness;
I’m just breaking into this game.
But I have some advice for the novices like me,
that are starting to feel the same.
Like there’s an emptiness to your existence
and a bountiful source of sadness.
You want to fight these emotions through resistance,
but powerlessness and consciousness drive you to madness.
Like breathing seems just a little more futile,
as if pieces of you break off with each exhale.
In your despair you find little worthwhile,
afraid to move, feeling that to move is to fail.
In each of these moments I go back to my center,
that place that enables me to shamelessly feel.
To paint, dance, laugh, sing is my mentor.
All things are stopped. In that moment I heal.
There, the wills of the cowardly, though strong
cannot disrupt my internal connection,
and in those crucial moments, I realize all along,
that when I create, I am in my place of protection.
They cannot make me hate myself or feel alone.
They can only spew hatred and lies about the body I borrow.
Even then, when others believe them and the lies they condone,
I will write, and my freedom will rise from what was once my sorrow.
The Neighborhood is all-inclusive place of peace.