- artist Linda Koen
From the perspective of the body,
Being ‘black” is a
strange thing most days
especially when I am in nature
where variety is important,
giving the ecosystem its balance,
every component affects its overall expression
everything is of value
picture the inner landscape of systems
all we say and do either sustains or degrades us
how does color of skin have permission
to define the entirety of our lives ?
it is a regulator temperature
an ever present guardian
from the elements.
to such foolishness
as to minimize
the value of my skin
to its color ?
to form a life