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Pyro-Revolution (poetry)

“Pyro-Revolution” by Mykell Hatcher-McLarin 4/30/14

How often do we lite fires?
Pyro-revolutionaries burning down the veil blocking our view of freedom and truth.
Set ablaze the night where the prison guards can’t find us amongst smokescreens as we pick open locks to let out our awareness.
Wildfire caught hold of the tabloids meant to keep us distracted from Uncle Sam painting bars to look like fences with a white-washed brush and telling us this our place in the American Dream.
Textbooks turned into the balls of chains as students line up to learn their History outside of the complex was only to clean the greener grass for those who could afford to walk freely in the suburbs.
Ever lite up a book that spread a false start?
Ever watch the story of the victors crumble into ashes as the story of the fallen revealed itself underneath words written in their blood?
I’m drunk in love with the idea that parties are held around bonfires.
Throw in the liquor of an ego and the bundles of ignorance used to numb our minds so we may watch them disintegrate.
Let’s roast privilege on the staff of oppression and devour the system till we’re full with conquest over systematic control.
The skies will light up from the blaze that spreads across nations of people no more willing to watch justice be extinguished.
Watch the veil burn.
Watch the complex burn.
Watch the system burn.
Ignite the revolution and remember how powerfully beautiful your eyes look over an open flame.


We Hurt (4/13/14)

How about we stop skirting past the reality that we hurt?
That we experience pain and that at times we need help, support, people to be mindful of our pain. And I don’t ask this in a judgmental way. It can be difficult to talk about pain. It can make one vulnerable to talk about pain. It can be painful to talk about pain. We’re taught that pain is bad, that pain should be avoided, unfelt. Yet we still do anyway experience hurt, consciously and subconsciously.
How about we start giving ourselves and others space to acknowledge and feel this hurt?
To process THROUGH the hurt, not around pain or even away from pain. Cuz the moment we try to ignore the presence of our own pain, it only calls louder out to us until it cracks our eardrums and makes our eyes bleed.
Please start paying attention. Please start acknowledging. Please start reaching out. Please. I know that may be a lot to ask from some people. But please…Please ❤

I am a positive person but I get really tired of aggressive optimism. If someone’s sad, let them be sad. All emotions have purpose. Sadness isn’t destructive if not prolonged. Sadness isn’t unproductive, as it offers awareness. Telling someone to “cheer up” or “be happy” is so ineffective and patronizing. The last thing a sad person needs is for someone to judge their feelings as pointless and unappealing. Welcome sadness, just don’t let it consume you.

Illya Parker

Check Your Mirrors and Use Your Turn Signal (1/2/14)

Be aware of yourself while remaining aware of others. Just because you’re “doing you” doesn’t mean disregarding the existence or importance of others in your life.

The best comparison I can think of is driving.

When I’m driving, I’m very self aware of myself and where I am as a driver in a car on the street. But at times, I can make some choices that really don’t take in regard anyone else and that can be really dangerous.

The other day, I was driving and I just turned out into traffic. No turn signal, no progression into the street, just slam dipped out into the street. As a result, a car came zipping past me having to swerve out of the way in order to avoid an accident. I was so worried about needing to get out of the position I was in that I didn’t acknowledge the possible presence of other cars.

If I were to check my mirrors before turning out, I would have seen the car, put on my turn signal and avoided the need to swerve and the potentially dangerous situation of a car collision.

This is something that needs to be cleared up when talking about self-affirmation, self-building, self-love, self-improvement and anything dealing with positive self.

When working on self, we have to acknowledge that there are others around us that will be a part of that process.

I shouldn’t keep my blinker on the whole time I drive or keep checking my mirror to the point where I’m not focusing on where I’m going nor should I not use my blinker and stay looking ahead without looking for other cars.

Instead we have to incorporate balance in our awareness. We have to be aware of what we want while remaining aware of how that will affect other people. Doesn’t necessarily mean that what  we want will change but at least we’ll understand more a reaction to what we want whatever it may be.

So I want to turn left, I look in the mirror, put on my left turn signal and when it’s open for me to turn I turn. I’ve signals to other cars that I wish to turn and give them time to adjust so that I can turn. I’m not gonna suddenly decide to go pass my destination because there’s a car there. I’m gonna wait till I can turn and then turn.

If there is no balance, we can become either egotistical and non-affirming of others or we can become altruistic and non-affirming of ourselves. Either way, is not a place to be.

So I’ll say this (and you can read it as if you are addressing yourself):

I will remain aware of my wants and needs while acknowledging the wants and needs of others. I will work on myself and care for myself and love myself in a way that does not break down others and invalidates others and is indifferent of others.  There is a way to truly focus on self while acknowledging the presence of others. Their wants and needs might not fit into my life or compliment mine but I can at least realize that other people have theirs as I have mine. I can respect their wants and needs as existent without accepting them into my life if they do not serve me. There is no problem with this.

No I do not have to sacrifice myself for the benefit of others nor do I have to sacrifice others for the benefit of myself.

All I have to do is decide where I’m going, check my mirror, put on my turn signal, ensure safety and head that way. By doing so I am taking responsibility for my actions as they affect me and those around me. By this I am developing a healthy relationship with myself and the world around me.

While keeping this balance, I must also acknowledge that I will not always know how others will respond so I must also be aware of this. Be aware that there are unknowns and that I should still not hesitate to make the decisions I need to make for myself and be transparent about those decisions with those who I need to know (whether or not they understand).

Drive Safely. Drive Responsibly. Drive while Aware.

With Love and Affirmation,