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This body.
This body.
This Body.
This body of knowledge.
This body of wisdom.
Self-bright prism
made of everything we have ever loved.
Mystery encoded in flesh and bone.
Bound like bread into the great Baker’s oven,
stewed in the alchemist’s brew,
made of me, made of you,
going back to the first Mother.
Every cell holding the key to its own freedom,
unlocked by the body’s own wisdom:
The song of my grandmother’s grandmother’s grandmother’s people,
lost to mind
in the hulls of ships and the cracks of whips;
the magic of our sacred blood,
lost in spun cotton and cheap tranquilizers;
the knowingness of our intrinsic interconnectedness
lost to missionary’s book and soldier’s blade;
all re-membered,
always known
in the bodies we finally call home.

I call this body home.
I ask in the language beyond words
for the truth beyond wounds.
The rewoven stories
and unwinding muscles
all offer the same benediction:
we have always been holy,
wholly, holey, holy.
Always been home.
We need only listen
to our bodies of wisdom.


from Prism, released November 5, 2019
Niema Lightseed ~ Poetry
Theo Grace ~ Music & Production
Benjamin Jack Crandall ~ Saxophone




Niema Lightseed Portland, Oregon

Niema Lightseed is a poet and priestess of the new paradigm dedicated to transforming oppression through art, embodiment education, linguistic analysis, and ritual.

Her poetry evokes the transformative power of art and reveals the beauty at the marrow of life.
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