lifesight

seeking stardusts

Don’t honour me with a monument
and song!
Of all the sad songs,
I prefer my mother’s sadness.

Do not pay your last respects
with laurel and a royal display!
Of all the tender wreaths
I prefer my mother’s palm!

Don’t glorify me by giving my name to a city square
or a street and public garden!
I’d rather a grapevine be planted
in my name
and grow into a vineyard and farm!

Do not preserve my memory
by giving a speech each year in my honour!
I’d rather a fine machine
pounding away in a factory
speak in my name!

Tell my mother-
tell her what you plant in my name,
tell the factory’s machine,
that I loved life, from the bottom of my heart,
and therefore took my final breaths
at peace and happy….

—Samih Al Qasim, He Whispered Before He Took His Final Breaths

(Source: globalwarmist, via redfeminist)

Audre Lorde argues throughout her work that we should not be protected from what hurts. We have to work and struggle not so much to feel hurt but to notice what causes hurt, which means unlearning what we have learned not to notice. We have to do this work if we are to produce critical understandings of how violence, as a relation of force and harm, is directed toward some bodies and not others.

— Sara Ahmed ‘The Promise of Happiness’

(Source: postcolonialfeminist, via redfeminist)

Until feminists are aware of the state’s involvement in protecting patriarchy as a system of power, much in the same way it protects capitalism and racism as systems, feminists will be unable to see why a reform politics, though necessary, is insufficient.

— Zillah Eisenstein

(Source: postcolonialfeminist, via redfeminist)

For if a strong back
and a heavy heart
have taught me anything,
it’s that love does not exist to
lighten our hearts,
love only exists to see
how much we will carry.

—pavana

(Source: themadelenessuniverse, via redfeminist)

الأحلام ملجأ الفقراء والعاشقين.

—Dreams are the refuge for the poor and the lovers’. (via warag-3nb)

(Source: bandar-khader, via redfeminist)

treehauslove:

Tree House on Henry Island. Large and beautiful tree house in a very inspiring place built by a retired teacher in 8 years. Located in San Juan Islands, Washington, USA.

treehauslove:

Tree House on Henry Island. Large and beautiful tree house in a very inspiring place built by a retired teacher in 8 years. Located in San Juan Islands, Washington, USA.

(Source: Flickr / wilkes)