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Rain Dance

By Rashida James-Saadiya

we scatter
dodge words that rip into flesh
hide from clenched fist

ache in unison
wait and run

full speed into Mother's arms
her body somehow a magic shield
flying us over everything ugly
as she weeps a muted death

the story always ends the same
we hold on
gathered like broken straps
clinging to memories of light

he twirls in circles
eyes arrow sharp
sometimes he screams at God
or simply smiles at our tears

Added: Wednesday, July 2, 2014  /  Used with permission.
Rashida James-Saadiya
Photo by Kevin James.

Rashida  James--Saadiya is a visual artist, writer,  and cultural educator, invested in transforming social perceptions through creative literature. Her work explores migration, identity and the transmission of spirituality through poetry and song amongst Muslim women in West Africa and the American South. In addition, she is the Creative Director of Crossing Limits, a multi-faith non-profit organization utilizing poetry as an instrument to combat social injustice.

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