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deliverance

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Existent

in the absence

of assurance

Thinking

that this madness

will somehow

bow

into our own deliverance

That somehow

there is more

to this

than this

That somehow

this fragments

of attachment

will

make us feel

less absent

That somehow

these

bouts of

Doubt

are only temporary.

But

we

are only temporary

and this

madness

,

this ‘madness’

is our deliverance.

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Photograph: Henri Meilhac

Survive

You feel it in the air sometimes

lingering

in its repetition

In its own rendition

of the sound

made by

swarms

of bees

Buzzing

In hives

that Survive

the strands

of time

In time

Still stinging

and ringing

In metaphorical ears

that even after

all these years

Still

kinda

sound the same

Still

kinda

feel the same

Maybe slightly kinder

to ears

less fragile

after years

of buzzing

But the stings

never heal

No,

those ones stay

Those ones

linger

Morphing into

what we try

to be

Those ones

become

our own rendition

of the bee

that once stung

And maybe that’s all we ever really needed

maybe that’s our buzz

 

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Constellations

the constellations disappear

behind backdrops

of raindrops

and tranquility

As raindrops

of light drop

fleetingly

into an infinity

of darkness

In patches

that patch

us

together

;

As drops of tranquility

pour amongst patches

of darkness

in patches

of our own infinity

,

as constellations appear.

 

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Adrift

Chests congested

by the repercussions

of actions

rather taken

back

As stacks,

racks

and blankets

of past events

blanket

shivering

skin

Lingering

in their obscurity

Reminding us

of their solidity

;

Leaving us Adrift.

Amongst bumps

we call goosebumps

:

Shivering.

 

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Meet Hudson Biko/You

Excited to be a part of this remarkable group of writers! Read “You” below : 

Secret First Draft: Member of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

You let yourself in.

You

Walked through doors

and floors

Covered by a myriad of flaws

we never bothered to look at

,

You

Placed your self

On internal shelves

I never wanted

to reach

,

You

Barricaded your self

On levels which

were never warranted

,

You

Collected dust

in bursts

Dispersed

across the worst

Outbursts

never previously rehearsed

,

You

Went through phases

we called faces

In vases

always held

until they fell apart

;

But

,

You

Were never let in,

You

Never bothered to look at.

You

Never wanted to reach,

You

Were never warranted,

You

Never previously rehearsed,

You

Were always held.

Until

You fell apart.

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Collaboration

We watched as random turned into linear.

As we realized

that we could never loom

together chemistry

or see

what loomed behind

the walls and blinds

that bound us together,

As we realized that echoes

and shadows

are only reflections

of ourselves

:

Shadows we tried to set light on.

But reflections

are reiterations

that never truly disappear.

they loom behind

walls and blinds

:

Blinding us

in their chemistry.

 

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Inspired by the Daily Prompt: Collaboration

Sanity

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It was an afternoon.

As we found ourselves

sitting in rooms

silenced by those

who seek sanity

and their own silence

,

By those

who seek

more

,

Partially empty.

devoid

from voids

of temporary

interactions

as silence

gave in to

bounds

of sound

as it began

to feel

like the

seals

were finally peeling

o

f

f

;

But

we should have

known better

,

Tethering

on the precipice

of sound

isn’t really

escaping silence

,

All it ever does

is seal

u

s

in it

,

No matter how much we try to peel it off.

 

 

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Photograph: Caleb George

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Hang

Fingers slipped

towards

remains

We somehow

began

letting go

of

Giving

semblances

of maybes

and hope

We somehow

always

wanted to

hang on to.

 

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Introducing Piece by Piece (HB) Vibes, A Weekly Playlist: Volume One – Featuring Bonobo, Blaise Moore, Eli Sostre and More

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Photograph: Juja Han

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..”
Pablo Casals

There’s something

In music

In how it’s interpretation can oscillate between the perceptions of its listeners,

In how its perception can be influenced by the context we place upon it,

In how its context pervades a range of viewpoints and frequencies,

In how definite frequencies are open to indefinite realms of resonance.

There’s also something in how parts of us resonate with its presence to points where we want others to resonate with it to.

Points like this.

I should probably point out that I’m not an expert in any sense of the word. That I’m not going to analyse “metrical structure” or “the composition of the melodies” or anything like that.

What I am going to do is make a playlist, each Thursday, of the songs I’m currently listening to or enjoyed in the past. Hopefully you vibe with them to.

 

 

Artist: Bonobo

Song: Kerala

Side Note: I think the visual artistry in this is beautifully entrancing.

Also note: It’s going to take you a minute or so before you realize that your eyes are perfectly fine.

Artist: Stwo

Song: Overdue

Artist: Blaise Moore

Song: He Don’t

Fun Fact: Her debut EP “Laurence” is actually named after her ex. 👀👀👀 You can read about some of the influences to “He Don’t,” her other tracks and more about her here.

Also: If you vibe with this, you’ll probably like her album as well. It’s highly recommended.

Artist: Rou

Song: Incarnate

Artist: Låpsley

Song: Falling Short

BTW: You might find yourself listening to this as you contemplate facets of your existence at 2 o’clock in the morning. No? That’s just me then.

Artist: Sophie Meiers, Rob Smyles

Song: Lazy Eyes

Artist: Eli Sostre

Song: Vibe With

P.S.: If you like this, make sure you check out his entire album “Still Up All Night,” it’s still one of my favorites nearly a year after I first listened to it.

 

All music featured is attributed to their respective artists and referenced from their YouTube profiles and authorised distribution platforms unless otherwise stated.

Compiled by: Hudson Biko

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