Two breaths in
Now plunge to the ocean floor
Admire the ruin
Frolic in fallout from battles long fought and won
Trouble still waters
Allow toes to dance at the meet of tide and shore
Sit in silence
Ingest the fumes of indecision
Embrace the yearning
A cool wanting for more
In this life
Where empathy rests in small hiding places
Fiend for good
Disrupt the evil of complaisance
Dare to be
Truth lies in pure existence
Tango with obscurity
Envision self at the peak, in the depths
Take a step
Click heels steeped in dogged courage
Push your will
In time, it will all be worth it
Inhale once more
Steady quivering scope in the whirlwind
Now is all
Submerge into the waters of the present.
About the artist...
Tarnynon (Ty-yuh-nuh) Onumonu was born and raised in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, IL where she still resides today. She is extremely proud of and humbled by her southside citizenship and West African lineage. Within the last year, she has established herself as an emerging spoken word artist, published writer and performance artist. Her other published works can be found with Lesbionyx Blog and the Elevated Chicago Initiative.
Want to see more of Tarnynon's work?
Check out her piece, The Cleansing Breath, from Issue IX: Breathe.