You, On Purpose

PHOTO: CHRISTIAN TOTTY

PHOTO: CHRISTIAN TOTTY

By Christian Totty

You.
On purpose.
A cacophony of star dust and tissue,
Search high and low for an answer.
Swim channels seeking peace,
Cross borders with bare feet.
The miles traveled,
The stretch marks,
The battle wounds,
The traumatic scars,
Give you character.

You.
On Purpose.
Know the fear of a rootless pulse,
In all positions.
The kind of chaos that steals,
Leaves you deficient,
Void of essential fluids.
Energy has abandoned you.
Your Heart is signaling you,
Beating on the roof of memory
Sunrise to sunset
Calling, calling, calling.

You.
On Purpose.
Running home after all this time.
Bring yourself in full light,
Shine magnificent in the dawn
The crown of you is beaming
Beyond human structure.
Shine magnificent in the day
A stroke of insight
You are.
You are.

PHOTO: RICHARD CONLEY

PHOTO: RICHARD CONLEY

Christian Totty believes with all her heart that women of color hold the deepest truths of healing; from traditional medicines and artistic productions, to social activism and responsible entrepreneurship, their collective memories and manifestations are the key to transforming the world. She is a Black Indian, Ohio-born artist and activist with a passion for botanicals, travel, holistic health and liberation. Currently, she resides in Austin, TX where she is pursuing a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She also writes a lifestyle blog where she shares her journey as a graduate student, and beyond: www.christiantotty.wordpress.com.