“Scream” she said “scream”
“mek them hear you” she coaxed
But I was afraid
My voice was too small to change the world
But she persisted
“Scream girl, shout, let it out”
And she spread her arms wide and
whelped a noise into the world
Such that I had never heard
She gave birth to sadness in those notes
I saw the motion of that epoch telling
That one note sermon
In the strain of her muscles and lean of her frame
She screamed a monotone melody of mixed emotions
For when she looked back at me
Breathless heaving breast, smooth cocoa skin glistening in the firelight
I saw tears of joy in her eyes
And felt relief radiate off her as she sagged back her gnarled frame onto the tamarind stump
Where she held court
Queen earthmother, witch and wisdom
“scream girl, put god back in them, then fling your body to the song your spirit is singing”
She laughed and swayed, the tattoo of the feet on the hard packed earth making bielzibob squirm
In the light of the fire under the Beltane moon
I joined her one note with mine
Screaming cathartic
And when it was over all I could hear was her retreating laugh
“good scream, earthmother, remember to mek them hear you.”


About Michelle Toussaint

Michelle Toussaint is an Antiguan who has amassed an Associate Degree in Science Education as well as a Diploma in Forensic Science. As such, she Teaches Science in the classroom as well as at home, where she co-leads The Tribe. A merry band comprising her Husband-The Chief, herself-The Priestess, and her three precocious children- the tribesmen. When she isn’t mothering, teaching, being a fangirl or feeding her chocolate addiction. She writes two blogs. Random_Michelle and Death By Expectations. View all posts by Michelle Toussaint

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