a list poem for working-class girls trying to grow up and into themselves
1. It is okay to leave anyone and anything and anyplace that makes you feel like shit. It’s hard, but it’s okay. And fuck explaining anything to anyone, unless you want to. Let them fucking wonder.
2. Know who the fuck…
I’m basically lecturing you guys out there, sorry lol. (And I def used the poorest metaphor in this, in fact it wasn’t even a metaphor)
THIS IS WHY WE FRIENDS.
WE LIVE THE SAME LIFE.
I LOVE HER.
Once a child is touched. Is he still pure?
If touched too soon they are deemed rotten.
No longer tasteful. If the child grows into the thought as spoiled he will reject all beliefs as fruitful. This occurs when the roots and tree do not align.
Know your history therefore you’ll know your worth.
Respect your present.
Believe in the future.
If you do not know your history breathe and then begin to write.
Chiwetel Ejiofor for Esquire UK
Golden Globes nominee and 12 Years a Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor appears in the January issue of Esquire UK.
Photographer Roger Rich.
Stylist Gareth Scourfield,
Portraits in the series, “Guardians of Dahomeyan Deities from Benin to Maranhão [Brazil]” (“Zeladores de Voduns do Benin ao Maranhão”) by Márcio Vasconcelos, 2009-2011. In order from the top: ”Pai Euclides,” “Curador,” “Mãe Elzita,” “Mundica Estrela,” “Irene Moreira,” and an unidentified practitioner. Voduns are spirits of Fon origin venerated in the Brazilian religious formations Tambor da Mina and Jeje Candomblé.
Ethnographer and historian Kelly E. Hayes defines a key term:
Zelador means “caretaker” or “custodian” and typically refers to the caretaker of a building or residence…Spirits are conceptualized as members of one’s family, and like family members, the labor required to maintain harmonious relationships with them involves activities of remembering, caring, feeding, and feting. These activities ensure the continual flow of axé, vital energy or life force, necessary for the well-being of both humans and spirits.