Dance the Fire Dance

I think about this chain, unstrung/unforged. Stringing and forging are indeed different acts. But in essence, it may be unfinished yet. She says it honors her maternal lineage, but she means her female lineage like a goddess link. what is the logic of gahdess anyway? I will ask. Time to stop and think though, marvelous it seems. Anyway, I feel I must bring something or somethings back for her. I want to, desire to at least. When will the chain be forged? Number the stars and orixas
Mississippi calling, walking, dancing, burning

That one knew/she still know, Red doors are important
one reason she may have marked, they sometimes open on red roads.  The red road beckons, even as I walk it. Rode past a sign that said Ogunja Rio Vermelho. Ebomi says Ogunja comes from Ijexa, an Ogun so close to Exu that it’s often strong wild and hard to tell


Bittersmooth Down Deep

Iya shouts in the night

Gunshots, by the Ile first night 5:15am
semi-auto, bursts, sound like... the loudest thing you ever heard

It wasn’t Gunshots, b/c 5 min later the drumming starts, and it sounds so good,

Iroko Reveille by Sko

I want to go down but I haven’t been invited


What color silence?

Last words out of BK, trying to make meaning:

Finally leavin, been here and not here at once, felt like BK wdn't let go. Like I wdn't. They say a man can do no thing 'less his ori is wit it. So one more time, I'm leavin on a jet plane. Do and don't know when I'll be back again, far as the scene rock, I might be gone til November

And now, I shared with some one, a whirlwind of stillness. I can do stillness, I have cultivated it, esp in the month of August. I've written about dumbness and stillness in combination, the experience is so different from the thought. And I think abt muteness, and know that when I leave here all I will want to do is speak.

I let go of the language too early, but I was scheduled to have more time before being dropped in.
But that was one more week of preparedness too. Is it arrogance only, to come to somebody’s land and not speak their tongue? I didn’t come to be the master, not of more than myself anyway.

Why I did not speak -- I did not prepare myself to speak
Gotta study. Might have to hold one of Ebomi’s books, Tim Ferris style. I haven’t read that Oya yet either, but the Iemanja one looks promising
Somehow this also reminds me that I can and must speak kreyol

I pray to return here speaking and  understanding Portuguese, and deeper w/my crew, b/c I think you get treated/taken more seriously perhaps

Apparently I know enough Portuguese to communicate ‘My name is Ayinde, not ‘American.’’