I AM NOT YOUR SACRIFICE TONIGHT!

(artistic response to Esperanza Spaldings World Premiere of IPHIGENIA at Cutler Majestic Arts Emerson)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUTX1trT290

Performing LIVE at the Paramount Arts Emerson 11/15/2021

I am not your sacrifice tonight

I am not the addendum to your story

I am the MORE

You

always willing

always willing

always willing to partake in my demise

Ignore my mind

strength

pain

cries

You think dismantling me wins the prize

I am more

I shine

I fight

I am not your IPHIGENIA

I’ve changed my name

Call me God

Beginning
earth

exalted

Woman colored by many suns

Blinding you

Can you see me now?

Soiling your white world

Crescendo of colors sprinkled across this world

That is mine

Nyika Ngeyangu

Is it bright enough for you?

You gonna wake up from the slumber

Your reign is dead

Your lies can’t save you now

We

Dance

Bend

swoon

Swivel on axis

This is how the world turns on a woman’s back

And us

And I

And we

Always graceful in height of suffering

Why am I always dying?

Why are we always dying?

me

my children

dreams

ideas

still.

waiting in purgatory

for you the Almighty to set us free

For you

YOU exist only because you came through our wombs

We are mothers of nations, cities, towns, streets

worlds created in between our thighs

YOU

Are just an approximation of our greatness

I am

not soft like deer

timid and white

pure and clean

My only duty to prance and delight

and when boredom comes

end up sacrifice

Flesh and bone to fill empty stomachs

Make space for those you who subjugate

While you dance and feast on our graves

WHEN WOMEN ROAR

When the day calls

We become more than a question

We become the final word

Center with sound seance sisters speak truths

hallowed and profound

The earth trembles, gurgles and ruptures

tsunami of emotion birthing freedoms

We become ghost, shadow, shell, cackle

and curse this phallic fantasy flooding like blood in your veins

When WOMEN ROAR

I/we

Birth the unknown

Cacophony of sound

Powerful enough to break the chains

We mimic

Vibrate from within and without

Take time to breathe

Our sound evaporates

Make them quake in their boots

I am not your sacrifice tonight

I am not the addendum to your story.

Call me God

earth

Nandi

Nehanda

exalted

Woman colored by many suns

Blinding you

Can you see me now?

Your reign is dead

Your lies can’t save you now