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COVID Creativity: Poem for ‘Facts Man’ by DaraMonifah Cooper

COVID Creativity is a Source art feature highlighting the work of our creative readers as they respond to a time of global pandemic. All visual artists and creative writers are encouraged to share with us new works that have been created as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poetry and creative prose submissions are limited to 1,500 words and should include a brief bio of the writer.

Visual art submissions should include at least one high-quality image or video and a very brief bio along with an artist’s statement that speaks to the inspiration of the work. The statement should include the title if there is one, the medium used and what the work means to you.

Please send submissions and questions to [email protected]

Falling Forests – A Foreshadowing Reminder

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For Facts Man

DaraMonifah Cooper

When a forest falls
Trees bleed, blue blood
Ancestral rains pour into the soil of the unborn

Memories of the future
Buried in babies without words
and nations shall kneel at the mercy of the oppressed

When there IS no more air
Breath will be valued
Visibility clouded by smoke and flame

The worry of windstorms both lulls and awakens
Those holding up the final layers of denial
frantically bracing themselves from cognitive dissonance

Will it take the final waves of the Earth’s quaking
to wake us
from the slumber
of Falling Forests

 

DaraMonifah Cooper is a mother, student, educator, community activist, poet, graphic artist and musician on St. Thomas.

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