21 April 2010

Birth

My mother was made queen as I stood at the foot of the Sahel
and watched her illuminate stars from the center of the earth.
She whispers to the wind that I am worthy...
fashioning my namesake with cello beats and silken arcs of obsidian.
My spirit conforms itself to look upon that which I have been given
and I am remembered to a symphony of silence...kissed blue and then green...
birthed in the embrace of afternoon
and sketched in Tamachek across earth moments and desert sky

-Ryan Forbes Morris

19 April 2010

The Jazz Singer Who Died Sweet Honey

The Righteous Thinker (For Warda)

She spoke beautiful words...
and for the first time I saw the sun!
Inhabiting this new position of freedom...
...awakened, vivid crimson BLUE and breathing...
I say that her heart is my own!
Remarkable-
Persevering-
Black woman!
...the righteous thinker
who dreamt beloved, abounding summer
to
the
wintry
expanse
of patriarchy.

-Ryan Forbes Morris

26 September 2009

When Cosmic Spiders Spin Silken Atmosphere: Ramadan




more pictures on the way...

27 August 2009

Roots! ROots! RoOts!




Take a look at all the beans and peanuts growing in my yard! The rain is coming down hard in my city!

20 August 2009

11 August 2009

BoSSA CUBAna: HI DEFINITION nigerien FEATS

Sorry for the silence! The last few months have been full of work, vacation, and extreme humidity. In May, I flew from Paris to Chicago, and met my mom, Aunt Cheryl, and Cousin Pat. I then took a bus to Indianapolis to see my brother, my godparents, old roommates, and all of my friends that are still in Indiana. After a week, I flew to California to spend more time with friends and relatives. Then, My family and I took a wondeful cruise to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We relaxed on white sand beaches shaded by lush mountains, swam in gentle, pristine ocean water, and ate delicious...delicious...delicious food! Here's a pictorial representation of what I did while I was in America:




So, what have I been up to since I've been back in Niger?

1. Running...lots of Running.

2. English Club- The American Embassy was gracious enough to sponser an American Corner at my MJC (maison de la jeunesse et de la culture). So they now have internet, computers, and a brand new paint job. I have been teaching english there four times a week and I love it! The students are really motivated, and my counterparts are amazing.

3. Listening to music! I got so much new music while I was in America. My iPOD definitely needed a change-up. I've also been drinking a lot of tea with my neighbors!

4. VATing! I was a volunteer assistant trainer for two weeks in August. We received new volunteers in July and I helped the director of our education program faciliate technical sessions at our training site. It was a wonderful time, and it was really great to meet everyone, and to be on the "otherside" of volunteer training.

5. Gardening! My neighbors and I planted peanuts and beans in my concession! I'll post pictures soon to show you how much everything has grown!


Current albums on rotation:

Stevie Wonder "Talking Book"
The Foreign Exchange "Leave It All Behind"
Orchestre Baka de Gbine "Gati Bongo"

and lots of Zap Mama


Currently reading : The Autiobiography of Malcolm X (had to revist this a second time!)