Stillness has a way of holding the mind in restful awareness. I am restful; however, I am not still.
Why? I have just witness through the documentary BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, the extraordinary life and contributions of a most humane poet. BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is a pedagogical and prayerful documentary on Sonia Sanchez as mother, activist, and professor. If one is searching for a way to define the role of the poet, Sonia Sanchez as poet creatively engaged is portrayed.
As I watched the documentary, I feel this overwhelming need to rest in this sanctuary of restful activism. I feel the need to baptize myself in a commitment to active social engagement for the purpose of peace. In my imagination, I try to slowly and intentionally walk through peace. I can’t say the walk is simple because, well, I must acknowledge that living in the purity of peace is as challenging as living in the holiness of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s nonviolence.
That is the central idea ruminating through BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez: living with a peaceful constitution. BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is a must see; it compels the brain to move the body away from disturbances; yet, Sanchez challenges humanity to walk through disturbances to bring about peace. That seems to be, for her, one of the roles of the poet (artist).
Sonia Sanchez has given me a new hash-tag, one authored by Sonia Sanchez: “don’t forget to do your best work.”
As I rest in active peace (thank you Sanchez), I ask myself this question: What are you willing to give up in order to experience active peace? The answer, I know, is near. The question was inspired by a very special documentary: BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez.