By 651 ARTS on December 27, 2016
This blog post is contributed by Home in the Time of Brooklyn cohort participant, Tunu Thom. Tunu is an actor, dance maker, bead designer, writer and producer. As a graduate of LaGuardia High School and a founding member of Ifetayo Youth Ensemble, Tunu has taught and performed both nationally and internationally as an independent artist. She is the founder and CEO of Artist Mommy Life, a company that builds tandem systems for art development and family structures.
Inhale exhale. I rise. It’s morning. This day has been well planned and my plans exist betwixt tapestry of Divine intents and purposes. Inhale exhale. This is it. Inhale exhale. Mastering. It demands courage, consistency, alignment and compassion. Inhale exhale. Mind slows. Inhale exhale. I can hear her. Inhale exhale. Freedom. Heart truth… “MYSELF” unfolds like a lotus rising at the estuary of this feel good golden river. Ooooh chile… I AM ready to bless. Heart opens and the prayers flow. I pray for everything, from world peace to being thankful for the blessings I am not even ready for. I pray for mental fortitude and tenacity. I pray for Kanye.
These are not your mammas hands folded clasped and mumbling prayers. I AM the ARTIST MOMMY. These are renewed technologies for this thick world. The prayers begin at the pit of my womb and dance my feet, my fingertips, the ends of my locks charged and ecstatic with expectation. My beautiful brown flower child rises, she experiences these prayers and is covered. Blessings… 5,6,7,8… my hand finds my heart. I feel “MYSELF” and my place.
When we step on to Crown Street, our Brooklyn is changed by our presence! We walk to Shallows Cafe for breakfast. It’s wonderful. Neighbors smile and we are open to receive their love. They see the love between us. We clear our own paths. We are living inspired lives and it’s a scientific experiment for the Gawds. The hypothesis being: HOW GOOD WILL I ALLOW MYSELF TO FEEL? It’s the question and the answer. We are seated, we order, we eat. I speak with the owner of the cafe.
She fulfills a prayer request I had 2 months ago. I am offered a true gesture of kindness that will enable me to serve more people in my community through my art. We moved into this neighborhood almost two years ago. I AM home here, in Brooklyn, because I am home with “MYSELF”.
“MYSELF” is the name I gave to my heart.
Home on the Block Image Source: Tunu Thom
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