#3amblackpoetry in July, Day 27: Levitate

Earlier today I came to a somewhat arresting and almost painful truth: #3amblackpoetry in July is like a monthlong writing retreat, but without the guesthouse, people cooking and cleaning for you, and without the wide open space and time to create at-will. But this is the month I’ve chosen, or maybe that chose me.

And so in the last 24 hours, I have recorded audio versions of a poem, uploaded sound, converted video to audio, and transferred video from one device to another – all in between work, straightening my home and supporting loved ones. I have, thank goodness, been to the beach twice in the last 96 hours (or four days). And though it’s not a private cottage with an airy balcony and doting staff, the hypnosis of the waves and expressions of summer’s joy have birthed and rebirthed my commitment to create – and has helped make this time a fruitful retreat, after all.

Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites

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