POETRY

'TREASURE' PROJECT

//  01. PRÉLUDE  //  02. LONGING //

//  03. YOU, ME AND HIM   //

// 04. THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE  //

//  05. BEGINNING  //

//  06. L'INTERMINABLE FIN  //

 

01. PRÉLUDE

c’est elle, c’est moi, c’est nous,

nous vivons tous dans le même flou

tu viens d’ici, je viens de là

nous avons tous une histoire comme celle-là

 

nous avons tous des instants de respect perdus

des coups qui ont été battus, et je me suis aperçu

que nos murs s’élèvent et s’assombrissent

quand on sent qu’on vit à la périphérie

01. PRELUDE (TRANSLATION)

it’s her, it’s me, it’s us

we are all living in the same blur

you come from here, I come from there

we all have a story like this

 

we all have moments of lost respect

beatings that have been beaten, and i have noticed

that our walls grow and darken

when we feel like we live on the periphery

 

02. LONGING

when i was a little girl

adults told me to fear you

to feel lucky that i wasn’t you

fully at least

 

so i pushed you away

every part of you

your physicality

any relation of me to you

 

i made myself overly not you 

in an attempt to fit in 

to the environment i was in

 

i lost every part of you 

every memory 

any connection 

to find you again

 

those voices that told me 

to reject you 

are the reason 

i am now longing

 

to know you 

to embrace you 

and to be proud to be you 

 

03. YOU, ME AND HIM

we now face each other 

through glass and distant memory 

looking but not looking 

unable to communicate 

 

astounded by our similarities

not having known each other 

we seek connection in what we share 

 

the two freckles on our chins 

our beauty marks

beautifully marking us as one 

rhythm flows through our limbs 

onto canvas 

and dance floors 

 

we also have disconnections

keeping us apart

unanswerable questions 

keeping me from knowing

you, me, how we fit

 

fit into moulds of family 

and heritage 

and what it means if we don’t

 

but if you were here 

there would be no questions 

we would know each other completely 

three parts of a whole 

there would be certainty between us 

 

but yet i walk unresolved 

lost in wonderment 

wondering what you could tell me

what might help me 

to piece us together 

 

you, me and him 

 

04. THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE

the women in my life 

bring support when i am in fear 

the women in my life 

are always there to lend an ear 

to my daily rituals 

of discovering myself

 

the women in my life 

bring laughter-caused stomach aches 

the women in my life 

give me the time when i need a break 

from my daily rituals 

of understanding myself 

 

the women in my life 

bring wisdom and joy 

the women in my life 

have taught me lessons i employ 

into my daily rituals 

of bettering myself 

 

05. BEGINNING

I have finally found you 

found parts of you in my being 

naturally organically there

a part of me 

 

I pushed you away 

every part of you 

your physicality 

any relation of me to you

 

but you were always here 

running through me

you never left

 

I now find myself

remembering 

piecing you together 

finding how I can be more you 

 

I am making my own sound now 

to accept, you

are the reason 

I am now beginning 

 

to know you 

to embrace you 

and to be proud to be you

 

06. L'INTERMINABLE FIN

ce que je comprends complètement

c’est l’amour inconditionnel que je ressens

cet amour, ce sentiment qui m’entoure

je le sens quand on danse au rythme du tambour

 

c’est facil de se perdre dans la vélocité

dans ce monde rempli d’homogénéité

mais ensembles et séparés, nous sommes uniques

et avec nos différences nous sommes unis

 

car même si nous avons tous des irrégularités

nous voulons tous lutter contre l’altérité

06. THE UNFINISHED END (TRANSLATION)

something that i understand completely

is the unconditional love that i feel

that love, that feeling surrounds me

i feel it when we dance to the rhythm of the drum

 

its easy to lose yourself in the velocity

in this world full of homogeny

but together and apart, we are unique

and with our differences we are united

 

because even with our irregularities

we all want to fight against otherness

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