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Poem by DaraMonifah Cooper: “Final Preparations”

“Final Preparations”

It’s raining angels
Looking up from the seafloor to the skies
This way the weight comes off my eyes
To produce tears
We’re already drowning in those shed by our own
Anxiety threatens us, simply picking up the phone
Tired of the announcements
Exhausted from eulogies typing themselves
Lots of questions about afterlife
Heavens and hells
Or those who believed in neither
Where do they go, or are they really even gone
Intense inquiries bringing people to their proverbial knees
As they await
The next major headline

And what do we do with this information?
Crumble? Feeling as few
Or build as a nation
Learning to love living life as a gift
Allowing, to let go the insignificant from causing a rift
Sifting through the emotions of grief and despair
No time to hold breath, knowing the next one is near
Could it be you, yours, me or mine?
One way or the other, hopefully we can recognize that it’s time
To prepare

 

DaraMonifah Cooper is a mother, educator, community activist, writer, multimedia artist and owner of Conch Shell Media (LLC) offering Communications/PR services, online marketing/advertising consulting, production and education in the Virgin Islands and in the Southern U.S.

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“Final Preparations” It’s raining angels Looking up from the seafloor to the skies This way the weight comes off my eyes To produce tears We’re already drowning in those shed by our own Anxiety threatens us, simply picking up the phone Tired of the announcements Exhausted from eulogies typing themselves Lots of questions about afterlife Heavens and hells Or those who believed in neither Where do they go, or are they really even gone Intense inquiries bringing people to their proverbial knees As they await The next major headline And what do we do with this information? Crumble? Feeling as few Or build as a nation Learning to love living life as a gift Allowing, to let go the insignificant from causing a rift Sifting through the emotions of grief and despair No time to hold breath, knowing the next one is near Could it be you, yours, me or mine? One way or the other, hopefully we can recognize that it’s time To prepare   DaraMonifah Cooper is a mother, educator, community activist, writer, multimedia artist and owner of Conch Shell Media (LLC) offering Communications/PR services, online marketing/advertising consulting, production and education in the Virgin Islands and in the Southern U.S. The Source Arts & Literature section highlights the work of our creative readers. All visual artists and creative writers are encouraged to share with us new works. 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 visourceart@gmail.com.