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Ngahina I Te Ao
- Me, Myself, and I
- The Other Half Of Me
tae noa ki te mutunga.
I wear foundation,
not that powdery shit,
I wear the foundation laid by my indigenous people.
It's that foundation that makes it so that past being globalized,
I can still vocalize with confidence that i know where my roots are.
I wear this foundation not upon my face, but within my soul,
and I take this from my ancestors
because I'll be damned if I'd ever let an American or European corporation tell me what my foundation should look like.
I don't wear lipstick,
but my lips stick to the ears of men,
so they can experience in surround sound my screams of agony
with each lash of rulers, measuring tape, and scales,
as if my waistline and weight are inversely propotional to my value as a human being.
See my lips, they stick, but not together.
Rather, they flail open with flames to burn down this culture that once kept them shut.
Now, I mess with eye shadow,
but my eyes shadow over this time where you've gone at ends to keep me blind.
But you can't cover my eyes, look into them.
My eyes foreshadow change.
My eyes foreshadow light.
and I'm not into hair dyeing.
but I'm here, dying, because this oppression just won't get out of my hair.
they form these highlights of my past atrocities,
they tangle around my mind,
this oppression manifests,
it's stressing me so that even though I don't color my hair,
in a couple of years it'll look like I dyed it grey.
So what's my ethnic makeup ?
I don't have any.
your ethnicity isn't something you can just make up.
And as for that shit my sisters put on their faces,
that's not make-up, it's make-believe.
3 Comments 149 weeks
go watch your favourite bands live.
you'll have new found love for them.
Fat Freddy's Drop
House Of Shem
Sons Of Zion
The Black Seeds
Batucada Sound Machine
gonna see them all before the end of the year!
0 Comments 171 weeks
BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
DON'T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.
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