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Hey friend, it’s been awhile…

As I begin to write in new directions and dust off my blog, I had considered starting fresh.  And while that’s sometimes necessary and healing, I’ve decided this time to get uncomfortable and invite you to witness my processes of growth.  Brining all of the messy parts a long with us.  It’s so counter to my values to only present a polished version, nothing about me is, nor wants to be, polished.  I’m working on it.

I’m really excited for the projects ahead and I’m so happy you’re here with me.

 

xo,

Nik

Dear (Privileged) Americans Who Cannot Shut Up About Looting, Some Questions

1. What are you afraid will be taken from you?

2. What are you afraid will be taken from you if we stop killing black children?

3. Did it finally get your attention?

4. Why does it matter to you that a man stole an armful of condoms?

5. Do you know this man?  Do you know who he might be passing them out to?

6. Do you care?

7. Do you know someone who has been in trouble because of drugs?

8. Should we just have the police kill her/him?

9. Should we then shrug and say, you know (s)he had a problem with drugs…?

10. Have you ever needed, as a child, to get creative about how you were going to help support your family?

11. Have you ever blurred the truth on tax returns or job reimbursement?

12. Who are we stealing from?

13. Why does protecting corporate America and its businesses make you feel safe?

14. Why do unaccountable police officers make you feel safe?

15. Why does justifying murder make you feel safe?

16. Do you realize when you keep repeating “this could happen anywhere” you are referring to police murder of black people?

17. How are you expressing your anger?

18. Why the fuck aren’t you angry?

Prompted to Be Man Luggage

Prompt:

Photo by Shae Savoy

Photo by Shae Savoy

1. The light is out:

Instantly, I see a woman’s body

folded, we already

pre-shrunk her, to fit in

the suit case.

Discarded.

After rape

or aging.

Her folded body

used

for busy-ness quick

get off

her children have his last name.

2. How to Be Man Luggage:

  • Make handles of your hips retractable
  • Open and close on demand
  • Have (w)heels for being dragged
  • Hold out your left finger for his identity tag
  • Be reversible
  • Contain what he does not want to carry
  • Hide his secrets
  • Zip yourself sealed
  • Carry more than you can hold
  • Expand, but maintain your shape

3. How Not to Be (the) Man(‘s) Luggage:

  • Travel, light
  • Take off
  • Show up
  • Arrive
  • Read the broken signs

(You don’t need to lug those social expectations anymore. Set it all down.)

4. Question Bergman as Baggage:

How do you learn to savor if you always carry, in stock?

5. Sometimes light is for highlighting what is there, but not lit:

(Be)rg(Man Luggage)

rg

real girl

ready go

Choice

I stopped flipping coins when I realized neither side of capitalism is the answer.