All photos on this site

were taken by Dana Davis

Oakland, California, USA

copyright 2016-2019 Lorraine Bonner

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Power Paradigm (Shift)

 

There comes a day

the chains begin to rust

chains that fill your mind with beliefs

ancient as the flat world of ancient maps

 

you raise your head

like Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks,

and say,

No More

 

That day

you may not know how else to live

if you don't beat your children, 

if there are no police

if the world is no longer 

a complex web of theft

 

here the sun gives light

flowers give fragrance

a mother gives

her own body to her child

giving is more ancient

than the maps

even chains give their rust 

into the soil