Deep Defiance

Joyous Woman! with Sukhvinder Sircar


She’s redefining Deep Defiance.
It comes from her roots going deep into the earth. There are too many happenings in her world wanting to break her down. Her rootedness makes her unshakable. That is defiance enough. It does not necessarily show up as a fist in the air. Defiance is the maturing of her intractable nature. It can even show up as a soft melting presence.

Her defiance can be seen in the simplicity of her choices, In the care with which she chooses her fights, in her quiet ‘no’, or her ability to say ‘I differ’, no explanations, no apologies.

Her defiance is in her capacity to be un-shame-able. What would have brought her down now now deepens her resilience. Her anger, when it burns, is well placed and well focussed. All action is informed from the womb of the earth.

A woman, sitting relaxed, choosing inner peace…

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Nov13,2016. Itating Mabaruma Anxiety and de 2016 UNICEF report on Guyana


This is part one of a series of blog posts on Mabaruma from my ten day trip to the Region One township from October 17 to October 27.

‘Keep an open mind, Derwayne!’ I kept reminding myself for some reason.

I got to Ogle airport at 3:30 that morning. Two hours before my check-in time. For the most part, the security guard kept my company at the airport’s Trans Guyana section.

15055618_10154069877722849_279922150569464024_n The small aircraft I flew in to Mabaruma. In this photo, the plane awaited passengers at the Broomes Air Strip, Mabaruma. 

This was a morning of firsts. My first domestic flight in Guyana; my first time to Mabaruma or Region One in the whole; and my first time flying over the capital city and the monument to corruption called the Marriott Hotel.

It was about an hour’s flight time to Mabaruma. My anxiety kicked into full gear as…

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white supremacy, lusignan village style 11/12/2016

The neighbor’s little girl runs, just for the joy of it, up and down the dam, windmilling her arms, a brown ball of energy in a short white cotton dress. On the other side of the white picket fence, the frangipani tree plays hide and seek @topside with the soon-to-be-supermoon, while ghostlike flowers with sun-touched centers dot the grass below.




remember- white is just a color in pachamama’s palette






– November 12th, 2016




Selling out: The gays and governmentality

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gayflagviwojimaOn October 13, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej died. 88 years old and the longest-seated of the world’s shrinking stock of monarchs, he was almost uniformly revered by a grieving public. Certainly he embodied unity in a country riven by fractious politics and class struggle. It can’t have hurt his popularity, though, that Thai law punishes lèse-majestéwith three to fifteen years in prison. Any criticism of the King, previous kings, the royal dynasty, members of the royal family, the monarchy in general, or the monarch’s fantastic wealth — he had more than US $30 billion in the bank — can land you in jail. Easy to get people to love you if the alternative’s a prison term.

Odd, then, when Outright International, the LGBT rights organization, whose Twitter feed is generally confined to issues of sexuality, suddenly retweeted a series of encomia to the late King. After all, no one’s threatening them with prison.



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