July 6, 2015

This Sunshine is Not for You. {Poem}


Grief feels like a cruel joke

A man who dangles sunshine just out of reach
Who leans and pulls away at the last minute.

This sunshine isn’t for you. You can’t have it.”

The tears fall silently
There are no sobs tonight
No wails

I am tired
I have been crying for 26 days

The tears fall like offerings to my broken heart into the night
Lifeless and still

Take them
Take them all

My heart cries
The stars make bets on what time I will finally fall asleep at

Will she feel the heat of the day break?
Will she wake up screaming in the night?
Will she dream of death?
Will she wake up in the morning and lift her weary body into the day?
How much salt is in her eyes?

More than than the ocean!
One star cries

More than the moon!
There’s no salt in the moon
The other star sighs
Helplessly watching from above.


Relephant Read:

When Grief Fades.


Author: Janne Robinson

Editor: Alli Sarazen

Photo: Meg Wills/Flickr

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Janne Robinson

Janne Robinson is a 21st-century feminist beat poet. Her voice haunts with the legacy of early feminists and poets such as Gloria Steinem, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac. Her no sugar shit prose cuts with the honesty and simplicity of Bukowski and the romantic reliability of Kerouac. Her poetry leads like a woman, walking with fire in the footprints of Steinem—breathing sexual liberation, choice, and overall championing women to their birthright of not only equality but leadership.

Robinson notoriously states that her career is to “share slabs of her heart for a living.” Her ability to capture the human experience with unrefined sincerity makes her an incredible force in the modern landscape of personal expression.

Her loyal following of enthusiasts on social media are there not only for her brutal honesty and lyrical grace but also for her lifestyle, which is a mirror of her devotion to joy and refusal to work to work to work to die. Robinson’s films and art shit on the societal “shoulds” and norms and encourage people to ‘build their own box’. She is an outrageous idealist and master at effortlessly marrying the life she wishes to live with her work, and this enrages and inspires many who believe they are trapped.

Robinson’s foray into directing and the multimedia world was in directing a spoken word poetry film in NYC involving 18 women reading the lines from her poem, “This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give a Fuck.” The film was a viral sensation online and was nominated for the 2016 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

Janne is very much so crowning at the beginning of what is and will be a triumphant career, and she has begun so with the hearts of millions indebted and watching as it is rare to stumble upon a woman who makes revolution nature.

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