rebellion consists in looking at a rose
until your eyes are crushed
– Alejandra Pizarnik
It is only a semblance, this rose
petalled black –
to sunrise then
we rise against
to hide in this sun until your
become rose, become
a petalled green
Rebellion everywhere it seems. People stepping out to say enough at great risk. I worry about who will be there to save them when bullets fly. Dark times like a black rose.
On the one hand we have a rightward surge (Bolsonaro, Modi, Trump, Erdogan, Putin, Duterte) and on the other we have people’s voices making a difference (Chile, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Iraq, and more recently Sudan) while at the same time there is a Pink-Tide resurgence in South America. Add to that the young voices leading the fight for climate justice – ‘the’ most pressing issue of the day – and the optimism of the will is very much in sight. No guarantees though. Power never relents without reacting nastily, so the worry is real.