Original Song “Reconciliation” for WayFinders at #FogxFLO

Almost precisely a year ago I have written a manifesto to center a perspective many of us living as settlers on stolen land do not need to consider but one that is crucial for the liberation we seek

The manifesto is about 12 lines that were the gist of learnings that helped me make a life changing shift in my worldview

My search for accountability on the manifesto led to a friend whose land I live on to inquire whether I’d be presenting the manifesto at the Wayfinders show I had invited him to

I was very moved he asked. Of course that meant I had to. Mattia and I were struggling for a week around the facilitation of the space when one evening after rehearsal they wondered why we don’t just write a song? It would challenge us to simplify the words and create a form that may go over better than dry text might.

reconciliation

Here are the words that came (still very much a working piece). We welcome your thoughts šŸ˜‰

Art about body and earth is not naiveĀ 
brings us out of empireĀ back into our bodies
And reminds us to honor the land we are in
And the people who steward it

Liberation is rooted in tenderness
and affectionĀ for our own bodies
And for each othersĀ And for each othersĀ And for each others

(chorus)
We haveĀ ancestors who lived close to the earth
We haveĀ ancestors who left dignity for empire
Neighbors who live close to the earth
Friends who leave dignity for empireĀ 

Land and womxn cannot be owned
Land and labor cannot be extracted
Empires can only build through violence
Empires can only build through violence
No empires allow freedom No empires allow freedom

Let our bodies be living soil
waiting forĀ  seeds to take
There’s no need to rush old worlds still breathing
no need to rush old worlds still breathing

Our work is to open and not to fear
Unlock the hidden places we stow away pain
set rightness by releasing shameĀ 
Therein lies liberationĀ Therein lies liberationĀ Therein lies liberation

(chorus)
We haveĀ ancestors who lived close to the earth
We haveĀ ancestors who left dignity for empire
Neighbors who live close to the earth
Friends who leave dignity for empireĀ 

OTHER LANGUAGE WAITING TO BE INCORPORATED

We are natural to and have right to be intimately connected with nature

There’s personal accountability to people we wrong that empire culture wont hold us to but that we must do anyways if we believe in rightness