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Monday, November 29, 2021

My last will and testament

 

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Dear Love,

All I want in life is God and a Doctorate

After that I’m gone

Burn me like the pages of a banned book

and sprinkle my ashes over Coretta Scott King Roses

 

Life full of pain

pained discoveries that classroom history books

are fiction novels

and fiction novels are banned and burned

if they are any good

 

banned thoughts that support the value of the marginalized

burned pages that detail untold stories

 

they banned me

they burned me

 

until you get your doctorate

 

then, to the world you’re legitimized. Kinda.

A professional of thought. Kinda.

still marginalized, still devalued, still other

still labeled

 

But I am reborn in these pages that they burn

 

pencils and pages give me the opportunity to be

the petals of a beautiful black woman

out of ash, dirt, and death

 

they let me talk to God

So I write you love letters

 

and maybe one day, my love letter will get me a doctorate

 

I mean all I want in life is you and a Doctorate

After that I’m gone

Let the pages of my soul burn

and sprinkle my ashes over Coretta Scott King Roses

 

So my love will grow pink and bloom

Let the earth be my urn and my royal tomb

I’ll be home soon. See you then.

Sincerely,

Dr.Woods

 

“Camille Iman Woods is an undergraduate at UC Davis interested in advances in medicine through the arts. Camille would like to do graduate study in linguistics to examine the impact of Art therapy – poetry, dance, etc. – on the autistic brain and social  interactions. Camille is the creator, editor and facilitator of aggieANGELOUS, UC Davis first poetry column. She loves to laugh and has a newfound love for Afro-Cuban salsa dancing. “

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