Zeina Mhaidly

Edition XVII

An Act of Celebration - by Zeina Mhaidly (Photo by Lucas Sankey).jpgPhoto credit: Lucas Sankey

An Act of Celebration

By Zeina Mhaidly

I want to celebrate feelings that are often disregarded.
Feelings that are feared, stepped upon, dismissed,
forgotten and perceived to be dysfunctional for facing the world.

I want to celebrate feelings as an act of rebellion
over the belief that through escaping vulnerability one
remains alive.

And as an act of rebellion
over anyone who passes this fear of vulnerability to their friends,
partners, kids and anyone they come across.

I want to celebrate feelings as an act of rebellion
over existing systems and structures.
I want to celebrate feelings as an act of refusal to replicate the violence
we have been taught to exert upon ourselves and upon others
as a way of saving them and ourselves from the miseries of the world.

I want to celebrate feelings through going down to my deepest sorrows,
and rising with them again so we can together taste the exhilarating joy of being alive.

So my happiness rejoices my sorrows
and refuses to exist without knowing that they too exist,
that they too are celebrated.

So my happiness befriends my sorrows,
to the point where they become so intertwined that I will no longer be able to long for one
without taking care of the other.

I want to celebrate feelings by joining painters, writers, dancers and rebels.

I want to celebrate feelings over and over and over again
so this act becomes in itself an invitation to celebrate life.


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