Monday, January 17, 2022

Angela Griner

PRE·CIOUS

/'preSHəs/
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adjective

1. (of an object, substance, or resource) of great value; not to be wasted or treated carelessly. "precious works of art"

Similar: valuable, costly, expensive, high-priced, dear, invaluable, priceless, beyond price, of incalculable value/worth, rare, choice, fine, exquisite, irreplaceable, inestimable

noun

1. used as a term of address for a beloved person. "Don't be frightened, my precious."


Precious
You
Precious
Can not be denied or confiscated
Your body may be in ruins
They could decapitate you
While your body bleeds out
But still
You are
And always will be
Precious

No object of blunt force could steal away the soul of you
You- blunt force trauma to the evils invoked by fear
You - free bird taking flight towards your North Star
Your body may not make it with you there
But still there you are
The you
Precious stone further unearthed by the loosening of the body

You precious
Your death bespoke my life
Your breath my inhale and then our exhale

Precious
You are
Precious are we
Precious
Precious
Precious


Angela reads "pre·cious":



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Angela confesses: "I wrote this thinking of Breonna Taylor, Walter Scott, friends, stories of women, girls, men, boys, raped and abused by others. We come into this world precious. This preciousness never leaves us. It does not rely on the acknowledgment and treatment of ourselves or others as such to remain true."


ANGELA GRINER has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years, with a passion for literature and writing for young children, and inspiring adults to tap into their own creativity to teach young ones the love of reading and writing. She holds an MA in Reading and EdD in curriculum and instruction, specializing in urban and multicultural education. Much of her work in teaching and writing is infused with practices she has learned from contemplative writers and therapeutic work towards emotional healing and wholeness. She is an advocate for mental health awareness and practice throughout all vocations. She currently resides in Orlando, Florida, with her two sons, husband, and dear friends, teaching, writing, and painting.

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