Inka: Hackney Marshes - Portrait Session

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Poetess Crowned

A creative portrait session in Hackney Marshes

I met Inka a couple of years ago, and like it happens with certain souls - we bonded instantly. Inka is an incredibly talented poet & a co-founder of this wonderful sisterhood project called The Goddess League. She's also a bundle of love & female power. It felt very right when she asked me to create images for her upcoming website. We both knew the session would be some other level of divine! And it was wonderful. Simply wonderful. I could not stop photographing her. I could share more about her story or our experience, but I thought it was more fitting to share with you a poem. I wrote this soon after I met Inka. I listened to her perform her poetry and it pulled at my heartstrings so much that this poem poured out of me in response to hearing her share her truth. It was a time in my life when sisterhood and healing my relationship with other women was pivotal. And the original copy I wrote out on my typewriter has found a place on my walls wherever I moved since. It serves as a reminder of the importance of sisterhood and the healing powers of women coming together to create a new world. 

 

Irridescent Wings

To Inka Linda, my sisterwolf x

 

oh

dear

i feel like the most bless-ed of girls -

surrounded by soul

of your voice,

reminiscent of a secret world.

oh dear,

i’ll hold your tears,

iridescent wings,

i’ll sing

 

you

 

of days gone

and yet to begin

 

your golden lips,

exuding pain

i’ll hear,

my ear against your skin,

 

our eyes

moist forest moss,

 

i’ll weave mycelium,

surround your hips

from earth to dirt,

root you in trees -

we’ll hold you when you weep,

a river of dreams

 

so hold your chin up

and eyes open

you priestess

please

never

cease

to begin

for i’ll continue

 

your limb

by

my limb

 

we’ll dance the drums

and sing

our bones

against our skin

 

we’ll wake our souls

leaping wolves

we’ll run

to find our kin -

           hidden

below a desert rock,

beneath the self.

we’ll

pull their hair,

untangle their shins

from death to life

we’ll heal.

 

bone

next

to bone.

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