Those who mark you as enemy
Give direction as they mislead
Cut you only to bleed you clean
Gut you only to prove you queen.
Pull triggers to blow holes through you
Try, but instead make you bullet proof
Press you to dig deep, search for roots
Purify self every moment they pollute.
Find grace in face of mean brutes
Find place of peace among dispute
Earn power from persevering through
Every poisonous bite our love dilutes.
Be the antivenin to what we survive
Arrows shot in back, throat slit by knives,
perpetrators violating sanctity of light
Sharpening our weapons of love used to fight.
For there will always be monsters who terrorize,
Who roam our territories unique & diversified,
From desert mesas to shores of high tides,
Wishing to crush our bones or bury us alive.
Aiming to cripple our spirits or bleed us dry,
inflicting harm w hopes that we internalize,
Their ugliness & unhappiness they carry inside
For misery loves company when multiplied.
There will always be hardship characterized,
By empty bowls of poverty & heinous crimes
By grieving hearts yearning for lost lives,
By jealousy, ridicule, pettiness that does arise.
Yet there is purpose in all that transpires,
value in persevering through hatred & liars
each cut, each break, each bashing refines
Us into warriors destined to be in this lifetime.
Warriors who is contrast carry love and light,
Who war by spreading seeds, opening minds,
Who battle to awaken the beauty defined,
By the potential of humanity healed & refined.
Be the antivenin to those so cruel
Whose reckless lies our truth refutes
Attacks solidify most high of resolute
Adversity further proving our strength true.
Be the antivenin to what we survive
Healing remedies forged by hard times
By trauma eating away at our insides
By inner demons whispering slithering lies
Be the antivenimum to what we survive
The map and compass drawing out each line
pathways of perseverance upon which we ride
Upon which we endure, overcome, nearly die
From ashes resurrect, open our eyes
Prevail through pain, purge vessels & cry,
speak w our grief, lick wounds, be kind,
To ourselves for the first time in our lives.
Be medicines that counteract poisoned minds
Medicines who soothe the burn of wartimes
Territories torn by the greed of corporate might
Be the witness when others turn a blind eye.
Be voice of truth untangling tongues tied
Be melodies that soothe baby's by lullaby
Be anchor grounding elevated egos glorified
Be kindness counteracting cruelty worldwide.
Be mountains remaining vigilantly fortified
Be cocoon embracing potential of butterfly
Be spirits dancing w joy in form of blue light
Be clarity given to every calcified minds eye
Be winds lifting wings of fantails & dragonflies
Be warmth of glowing coals from holy fires,
Be sweet evergreen smoke that does rise
Taking with us prayers relatives faithfully recite.
Be holy darkness that enshrouds us at night,
Be the stars that in contrast to the dark do shine.
Be sweat & tears that fall from the brows & eyes
Of those embodying faith & determination to try.
Be gentle rain quenching thirst of lands dry,
Be gullies & rivers swelling w generosity of sky,
Daunting rain clouds who bring rainbows bright,
Who bring relief when drought threatens life.
We are the answers to the prayers said,
By ancestors who from breasts, breath & head
Took pieces of selves, molded and fed,
Us into existence so the beauty may spread.
Be reborn by tribulations, then leave them behind,
Remember who you be in absence of struggle & fight
Who you be in absence of ugliness & grime
Shed your skins, accumulation of sin, & hard times.