The Rug of Reinforcement
It beckons at your door.
Reinforcing you to remember the knock.
The knock that came with a sound.
The sound that responds to the texture of the rug.
The rug reinforces your steps.
While the steps reaffirm where you’re going.
What really inspired me about this picture is how community building at our fingertips. I saw it in a local magazine. Even the cartoon figures; as they build the letters. In your local communities, you have access to resources that can help you.
Recently I got a library card and the exhilaration that came with this card excites me.
Books, DVDs, CDs, etc. We have these tools at our access with no fee.
Free Entertainment to explore. Bored? Go to the library for access to hidden and public dimensions. So much to see!
It blows me away to know all of the different points of study in America.
I think of those without the privilege to study and how we’ve been given enough to share. Sharing knowledge and passing along books shouldn’t be a pass time.
Education is important. Self-building through your local community.
What is the likelihood you have heard of John Horse, and the Black Seminoles? The first rebels to beat American Slavery? Chances are very low because it seems U.S History is always separated into Native American History, and Black Slavery History, but what happened with The Black Seminoles, and Native Americans is quite a beautiful one.
Through the warrior Osceola and John Horse, Revolution was redeemed. A mixed society in the Everglades (Currently Florida) emerged. Inhabited predominately by runaway slaves and the Seminoles. It was in fact, the FIRST legally free Black sanctioned town was in The Everglades. They achieved this freedom with the promise of the Spanish Crown. They offered freedom if they would defend the land for the crown, the Spanish. Honor and respect to John Horse and Osceola.
NOT everyone stayed with the oppression of the White Slave Masters. Of course, they were met with resistance, because the structure of white supremacy was built to really chain anyone who isn’t white. 1818, under James Monroe’s Administration, General Andrew Jackson invaded Florida, (Unauthorized of course) and he claimed it for the United States. Killed anyone who disagreed, and ultimately seized the lands that were had Black Seminoles.
In 1838 – They agreed to stop fighting the leaders in exchange for moving into what was then Indian Territory (currently Oklahoma) and for legal recognition of their freedom. It was granted to them but only until for a decade. 1848, a document declared, they never had the freedom. There was never a written declaration of freedom.
Seminole Leader, Osceola, and John Horse paved an incredible way for those who waited for freedom. Studying them has deeply opened my eyes to rich systemic practice that we see today. It’s not the same, but the evolution and ways in which it adopted is quite the punishment nonetheless. Yet we have reminders in history, looking back at those who have unlocked passages of freedom. We can be our own freedom writers.
I am the guest and you are the artist.
Show me what ways you will bow to my inspiration?
Serenade me with the gift of your elegance!
Write unto me – the secrets of your most vulnerable moments!
Moments in which your suffering becomes the chief conquering.
Words which can excite colors – reminding your processes, to utter refrains of contrast.
How deeply the levels go and of how they maneuver through uncertainty.
Boxes are formulated identities, intended to help us categorize.
Living against their purpose allows the individualistic mind to champion with an organism.
Even prisms of shadows are tangible.
Visibility of stories makes a constitutional frame.
Through the expression of the artist, the guest can then sit down. For they are apart of the individual experience witnessing the ways in which the artist’s story, connects to them.