Mothering is a Practice (It Can Be): A Poem from the Revolutionary Walkers

IMG_20150516_191518Yesterday’s sweet journey with the other participants of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind‘s In Search of Our Mothers: A Revolutionary Garden Walk

was a blessing!  Duke Gardens looked especially womanist (which is to say, purple) and alive with allium flowers, birds and beautiful people of color in fancy clothes.

Together, inspired by specific excerpts of Alice Walker’s ground-nurturing essay “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens” and by her poetic definition of womanism, we reconsecrated a fountain, meditated in public, walked by ourselves humming and singing, walked together talking and created a group poem inspired by Alice Walker’s revolutionary proposition in her essay “Democratic Motherism” (in the book The World Will Follow Joy) that “Mothering is an instinct, yes, but it is also a practice.  It can be learned.”

Here is our verbtastic poem, reflecting on mothering as a practice.  Oh! And we created this poem together standing in a special echo vortex at the gardens.   I cherish the experience of our creative laughter in surround-sound 🙂

 Can Be

by the participants of “In Search of Our Mothers: A Revolutionary Garden Walk

“Mothering is an instinct, yes, but it is also a practice.  It can be learned.”

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it can be spoken

it can be awoken

it can be showered

it can be flowered

it can be washed and ironed

it can be held and given

it can be felt and heard

it can be reinvented

it can be ululated

it can be undulated

it can be celebrated

it can be bloomed

it can be blessed

it can be laid bare

it can be wished for

it can be rememebred

it can be sat with

it can be listened to

it can be called up

it can be answered

it can be run

it can be wrung

it can be sung or whispered

it can be walked

it can be chirped

it can be laughed

it can be breathed

it can be birthed

it can be reborn

it can be regendered

it can be adorned

it can be complicated

it can be energized

it can be revived

it can be survived

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it can be bloomed

it can be watered

it can be gilded

it can be embraced

it can be honored

it can be invoked

it can be built

it can be unexpected

it can be lived

it can be loved

it can be woven

it can be chosen

it can be consecrated

it can be transformed

it can be splashed

it can be sparked

it can be cultivated

it can be released

it can be expanded

it can be grown

it can be prismed

it can be danced

it can be winged

it can be landed on

it can be sustained

it can be fulfilled

it can be unearthed

it can be tasted

it can be excited

it can be tapped

it can be nurtured

it can be forgiven

it can be created

it can be cared for

it can be stretched

it can be shared

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