Life As An Art Form

Quips & Commentaries in Prose and Poetry

Photo by Alexander Lam @alxznder

Won and Done?

Avril Somerville (SomerEmpress)

Part of the answer to the question, How Free Exactly Do You Want to Be? lies in how vulnerable and authentic we are willing to be when and if we show up. We must know that all of our life experiences can be useful and instructive, much in the same way the words of our ancestors are for us now. What we write …

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woman working

We live in a torn world. While there is obvious truth to this lament, the “world” itself is hardly this nebulous galaxy of unsuspecting or vague entities, but rather, of people with the ability to think and do different and better—people who set its orbit into motion through repeated microaggressions, complicity, acts of outright violence, and wars …

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While scrolling through my Facebook news feed one day, a friend expressed feeling “some kind of way” after this most recent act of terror in San Bernardino. All I could do was send her wishes of love and light, pray for her, and vow to cover her with what I call a virtual woman canvas. I know that …

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‘How’ Do You Know?

Avril Somerville (SomerEmpress)

What were you born to do? Is there even such a thing as being born to do something? How can you know for certain? At what point along the journey do you receive confirmations about your gifts, purpose, or calling? How can we have clarity about the answers to these questions? These questions confound most of us at some point in …

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Masquerading

Avril Somerville (SomerEmpress)

It’s throwback Thursday so I wrote a rhyme to take you way back through my time Venture with me if you will while I make your time stand still When girls rocked braids instead of locs when boys spit lyrics on the blocks When nerds like me remained inside ‘cuz carryin’ books was cause for …

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