Llorona

This is what I’ll tell my children

 

I will say that it is okay to cry

about death, about love

about the simple way a smile

can change you

 

I will not shame them

erase their tears

use the old way of stoicism

they will not  

hide

 

I will whisper the tales of

a crying woman

how she cries for eternity

they will not

but they could cry forever

if they wish to  

 

I will tell my weeping children

Their tears are so powerful

We’ve made monsters out of them

 

-Originally published in Berry Mag 

Brown Girl This Is Your World

Traveling is hard. Traveling solo is hard. TraveBrown Girl Travelsling solo as a person of color is hard. Traveling solo as a woman of color seems almost impossible.

Yet, somehow it’s done. Despite being told no by overprotective parents, by a community that has largely never even left the state, let alone the country. Being told no by a world that is used to us staying at home.

Not only do we survive in a world that does not always love us, we thrive. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I am part of Brown Girl Travels.  This is part memoir, part travel guide, part diary for many women of color solo travelers. It a community that has filled a void that I didn’t even know existed until I saw the call for submissions.

I was invited to read some of  my work at the zine release party which was at the beginning of this month. I hadn’t preformed any of my work since Oakland, so I was slightly nervous. This is why having a community that loves and supports you is so necessary as an artist. You feel like you can take on the world. I read a couple pieces on my experiences as a traveler, mainly back to my parent’s home country of Guatemala. There’s just something about revealing a piece of work to someone and having them enjoy it that can’t be described. It’s an amazing feeling.

Community is so essential as an artist.  Forming a community with other artists simultaneously gives you a platform of support and feedback. I feel like I got that from Brown Girl Travels. Ashley, you’ve created a great platform and I can’t wait to see what you do next with it.

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