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Sweet Revenant, for Norma, a poem by Maura Alia Badji

Sweet Revenant,  for Norma

In French heels, you were film
noir to the neighborhood’s two-reel
matinee. Sloe-eyed and languorous
your gaze said I’m not here to stay.
Years-gone, yours was the voice, husky
and moist, I tried on in night clubs,

poet haunts. Confident your muse could lend
siren-sleek accents, glimmers of poise
to quirky choices, I stutter-stepped my way
home. Hopefully chic in black dresses,
I side-swiped heart quakes, courted

disaster, certain my map of your insolent
laughter would save the day. More than once,
I swore I caught your slim, crepe de chined
form leaning languid at my door. Face half-turned
from porch-light, I breathed your dreamy whisper–
Buona seda, faccia bedda. Sleep, sleep tight.

~Maura Alia Badji

 

Poet: Maura Alia Badji’s poems and essays have appeared in Barely South Review, Cobalt, ArtVoice Buffalo, Switched-on Gutenberg, Exhibition, convolvulus, Spillway, teenytiny, Signals, The Buffalo Times, and The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal. Her themes include multiracial identity and families, female ancestors, social justice, female sexuality, and the discovery and creation of mythos. Maura has been a contributing writer for The Buffalo Times, Soul Music of The World, and LivingSocial.com; she has guest-blogged for NOLAFemmes, Eat.Drink.Memory, and piquant. Her blog is The Moxie Bee http://www.themoxiebee.com

She is a member of The Watering Hole collective, an online community for poets of color ( https://twhpoetry.wordpress.com/) and is grateful for the excellent online classes, and mutual support of ‪#‎tribe‬ she has found there.

Maura earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of WA, Seattle, where she was an Editorial Assistant to Coleen J. McElroy at The Seattle Review. Maura was a Tutor/Advocate for migrant children from the Caribbean and Mexico, and taught ESL night classes to migrant workers in Ulster/Dutchess Counties. She taught Early Childhood Special Education for a decade in the Mid-Hudson Valley of NY, Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia. She is a certified massage therapist and a Reiki practitioner.

A NY State native, she lives and dreams in the Seven Cities region of Virginia with her son, Ibrahim. She is working on returning to the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Photos: Wanderlust, Front
Wanderlust, Back

Photographer: Kristin Fouquet, New Orleans, LAhttp://www.fouquet.cc/kristin/LeSalon.html

Model: Ingrid Lucia, New Orleans, LA
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ingrid-lucia-mn0000090010

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Wanderlust, front by Kristen Fouquet
Maura Alia Badji
Wanderlust, Back; by Kristin Fouquet

Persephone Under the Dream Sea

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Persephone Under the Dream Sea

When I was a youngin of about 4 or 5, living in the frozen tundra of Buffalo, NY, (Hi, Lisa Klossner! ) I developed an inexplicable crush on Jacques Cousteau.

PERSEPHONE UNDER THE SEA dream

I dreamed that I went to live with Mssr. Jacque under the sea, but we had to break up because I could not abide by the giant fish that kept creeping up on us while we were enjoying our underwater playground and singing French songs.

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Also, I refused to eat any of the polka-dotted chicken fish he kept trying to feed me. In hindsight, I think I saved myself from an oceanic Persephone scenario. I had this same dream repeatedly for several years.

Persephone dream

Could this be why I’ve ended nearly every male/female relationship I’ve had? The thrill of an escape to freedom? I’ll not eat your pomegranate seeds or your polka-dot chicken-fish, Monsieur!

PERSEPHONE UNDER THE SEA dream

Hmmm. I blame the French Canadian tv I was exposed to at a tender age.  All that Chez Hélène, sorrowful art films from The Children’s Foreign Film Festival, and repeated viewings of Jacques’ Undersea World apparently took a toll.

persephone under the sea dream

It could have been worse. At least I wasn’t made to watch Hee Haw or The Lawrence Welk Show.

Do you have any dream stories to share?

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Living Her Dream

Dream

Something happened.
I stopped.

Her dreams are full
Of brushes, colors,
A woman painting.

I really do love painting.

Sooner or later
We have to take responsibility
For who we were born to be.

–Jill Mellick , “Coming Home to Myself: Reflections for Nurturing a Woman’s Body & Soul” ,
Marion Woodman & Jill Mellick (Conari Press, 1998); Chapter 18, pg 171.
Art: Living Her Dream, MAB,2015 (watercolors, ink, pencil, cardboard, collage)

Join Me for My Dream Residency at Ione’s 21st Annual Dream Festival, 2015

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Ione, also known as Carole Ione, has invited me to do a Virtual Dream Residency for Ione’s 21st Annual Dream Festival.  The festival features several virtual residencies and live performances; it began October 1, 2015 and will continue until January 1st, 2016.

During GoddessDreamingReverenceProtectionSherrieHowe (2)the week of October 12 to October 18 I’ll be sharing poetry, dreams, art, music, ideas, and inspirations.  My main focus will be how dreams can connect us to our ancestors and to the world of myth.

I hope you will read/listen/ participate and pay attention to your dreams .  Dreams can enrich, enlighten, and inspire. I will be posting highlights of my Residency here at The Moxie Bee

*Ione,  a noted author, playwright/director and poet whose works include the critically acclaimed memoir, Pride of Family Four Generations of American Women of Color, Listening in Dreams and This is a Dream!, is the Founding Director of the Ministry of Maåt, Inc ( MoM, Inc) and Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.  Both organizations seek to foster a harmonious world community. (*from her website)

To learn more about Ione’s work and upcoming events visit her Ministry of Maat website.

Are you a poet, spoken word artist, painter, photographer, or musician? Are any of your works dream related or the result of information or creative inspiration you discovered through your dreams?  If you are interested in allowing me to include one of your works during my Dream Residency, please contact me at themoxiebee1@gmail.com