CARNAGE and MAGIC

As Black folk

We rise from oceans of trauma

Seas of historic pain

 

We recover like webs of oak trees

Deeply rooted in the earth

Roots interlocking and interwoven

Fortified against hurricane

 

Our journey begins again

This sacred pilgrimage

Converging to create anticapitalist community

 

Drawing strength from divergent traditions

Rivers of menstrual blood flowing subterranean

Blood pregnant with the lineage of ancestors

Mother’s milk nourishing the generations to come

We learn from our nascent godlings in infantile disguise

 

We are animated by celestial constellations

Many moons in Scorpio

Virgo, Gemeni, Aquarius, and Capricorn

Interweaving our blood memories

Manifesting the tantric

 

We tend to carnage

Physical and emotional

We heal carnage with tantric magic

Fusing sheep tallow with gasoline

Fueling creation and evolution

 

Embodying contradictory truths

Manifesting this sacred dialectic

Recognizing that our mother earth’s waters are sacred

They are a totality

And all the pieces matter

 

This is a fire of rage and transformation

A medicine quest

We find the healing power within

The sinuous water where nothing and everything transpire

 

This land is called emerald earth

We are both emerald and onyx

Glistening with filaments of magic

Crafting music by raging fire

Healing carnage through magic

 

The water of this land infused with witchcraft

Nurturing trees who remember chattel slavery

Trees who remember conquest

Trees who remember lynching

Trees who nonetheless nourish a conflagration of resistance

 

These waters find their level

Settling in unscheduled moments

Still on the surface

But tumultuous as they fuel our spirits

 

Here amidst roofs that grow

Another world is possible

Our magic is unstoppable

And it is happening now

 

This morning by the fire

Communing with sister Athena

Smoking with my Bantu brother

Fog crystallizing like snow

Embodying the reification of revolutionary ideation

 

Sacred trinities manifest

Our flag red, black, and green

Our minds synergizing opposites into higher truths

Hexagons of color vectors creating new hues

Feeling the power of earth, water, and fire

 

We confront looming apocalypse

We face crisis with joy

Healing the carnage that has bloodied our world

Conjuring the alchemy of sacred water

Letting a titanic inferno of magic unfurl

-BYPO PHOENIX c)2023

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