R ’n’ R by Naomi Sepiso
The application of brakes at the end of a long journey
Find yourself in the time allowed
For rest and response.
The removal of oneself from a situation
that called for the outpouring of energy
exerted to keep oneself alive.
A constant fight between your body
I say to you now,
for we do not know the battles of tomorrow.
Rest and welcome peace into the home of your soul.
Rest in the hope that you one day
may see yourself the way I see you,
the way you truly are.
Allow that which does not belong in your heart
to find its way out.
to your needs.
Your soul cries for it has not seen the sun in a while.
Respond to the unwelcome emotions
that stormed your vessel
Talk to them.
Tell them that there are not welcome,
they are not for you.
Tell her you are sorry
for giving her to everyone but yourself.
Tell her you need her
to breathe life into you again,
To fill your heart.
Feel the warmth of her embrace.
for this fight will be won.
Naomi Sepiso is a 17 y/o Kenyan/Zambian immigrant living in Australia. She mainly reflects on the journeys taken by many POC youth and their predecessors. You can find Naomi on her tumblr and her instagram.
Illustration by R Creatives.