Photo Poem | Cry Wild

Cry Wild Red

Last week when my bestie asked how I was doing. I told her, “I am out of words. I need to howl.” So, we howled. Via text message.


There has been so much talking lately. So many words. Too many wrong words. Words that divide. Words that hurt. Words that maim. About five years ago—when the global noise had escalated unbearably—I shared the words of a former student, “the world needs a little silence.” 

I think we’re at that point again.

We need less words. Less commentary. Less opinions. Less arguing and defending. Less reacting. We need healing words. I realized this as I was reading Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” last night. The length, weight, and relevance of that piece made it intolerable for this moment. Though I indeed feel like “howling,” nayyirah waheed’s poem, “break,” more aptly captures what is needful.

cry wild.
you have probably never cried wild.
but, you know what doors
feel like.
you have
an intimacy with doors
that is killing you.

–break, nayirrah waheed, salt

The losses are mounting. The grief is heart-shattering, but our tears are restrained.

We must unleash them. We must break.

We must break to heal.

4 thoughts on “Photo Poem | Cry Wild

  1. Janet from FL says:

    Awesome post! I am feeling the pain, the despair too. We are already broken. We are just trying to hold it together and keep on going day to day. I agree now we need to heal. We need time and space to heal. We need to bring together the best loving people we know and heal together in music, in prayer, in hugs, in tears. Even if we don’t have any loving people to gather with, do it for yourself and know that other loving people are doing it too. Our prayers reach out to others that we don’t even know. Let us take time out to heal.

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  2. Sheila Marie Delgado says:

    Chandra, you always hit it right on the head. You are so in tune with others. Thank you for sharing these wonderful words, and your beautiful art with us.
    You go girl! Howl away! Love and hugs and prayers. 🙏🙏


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