14-what-you-hear-1-1Today, a full page image/poem, meant to be a continuation of “bend and break in silence.”

For this poem I used a very simple process. I highlighted all instances of the word “sound” and then whited everything else out. I love using this technique because it lets you choose to leave some words only partly obscured, such as in the title image.

So, this is your creative prompt. Focus today on one word. Preferably a word that means something to you. Silence / Sound / Bend / Break.



I think we could all use a refresher on what we are fighting for these days
in whose footsteps we follow
and whose footsteps certain factions would like to erase.

May I urge you to watch The Sixties (Netflix link), especially episode 5 : A Long March to Freedom; it is only 85 minutes long.

If you have younger people in your life, will you watch it with them?

If you are not a Netflix subscriber, fear not. This episode is also available at VIMEO, here.

In this episode, SNCC (The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) co-founders and former student activists Diane Nash, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton describe their experiences during the Movement.

Rev. James Lawson, Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Bob Moses also give their accounts of the lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and the state university integration efforts.

Also covered: Bloody Sunday,” the march from Selma to Montgomery, Freedom Summer, the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts, and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.