Revolutionary Petunia

The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom

Rebellious. Living.

Against the Elemental Crush.

A Song of Color

Blooming Gloriously

For its Self

Revolutionary Petunia.

-Alice Walker

so why “Revolutionary Petunia”?

because is it not truly revolutionary that we continue to grow despite the most daunting circumstances?  the students i work with everyday, helping them prepare for college, continue to battle against the last 15 years of poor education.  arriving to school, late, or on time, most of them show up on most days.  many of them understand the challenge they are up against:  while there are a number of things they do not yet realize they do not know, many of them at least understand they are not yet where they need to be academically to get into some of the colleges they dream of going to.  and yet, they try.

when i think of a “revolutionary petunia” i think of something living, against the odds.  living, as it was designed to – “against the elemental crush”.  growing, and being, simply for the sake of life and honoring it.  i hear “revolutionary petunia”, and  i think of my students.

and this blog is in honor of that spirit.

as i mention in my “About Me” page, this blog is an attempt to narrate my experiences, name myself, and define it in a way that represents all of me – a small part of my commitment to resisting silence, which i believe is an enemy to most things constructive.  life should be lived out loud.  all of it.

i have great faith in the possibilities writing offers for reflection, healing and transformation. writing is a compelling tool and can be a powerful weapon. but it is not only the process of translating thoughts through pen and paper that is important to realizing writing’s potential. exchanging ideas is just as critical. there we find dialogue. the more we engage one another, the more we build. and in many ways, this is how the impact of writing becomes truly felt.

i promise you nothing profound, and only my vulnerability, but hopefully you will all find a reason to continue coming back, and sharing.

thank you for stopping by…

-patrice berry

6 Responses to “Revolutionary Petunia”

  1. tj December 28, 2009 at 12:47 am #

    thank you for your invitation to read, listen and engage with you as you redifine your relationship with silence thru bold vulnerability…

  2. pearlnelson March 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    Great philosophy. I plan to read here often. Pearl

    • patrice berry March 30, 2010 at 7:39 am #

      thank you for passing through (and commenting) – i’m so happy to have another person to build with!

  3. Jingle September 9, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    keep it up..

    write a new one for me,
    share with fellow poets…

    Happy Thursday!

    • patrice berry September 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

      thanks for coming back – it put a lil’ pep in my step! i wrote for the first time in weeks!

  4. Jingle September 28, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    awards for you to show appreciation…

    we have a poetry potluck and welcome linking in 1 to 3 poems within 12 hours.

    deadline is Tuesday, 8pm.

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