When We Arrived presents: Twist the Honey Jar by Brad Walrond

Great sex moves time out of place
Metronomes shift into fibrillate
Hell No! I am not breathing
right now!
Focused: if only I could unravel
the stardust and rainbow rolled-up
in the back of my head

eye lash @ any living thing on its way back out
Can you see this shit?
Ran into a flock of bees up in there
falling in to stars in search of your pollen
I’m on my way back back to the honey jar
twist. See? We stickin’ to it—stickin’ through it
Like we got wings strapped ‘round our waist—
hover in to each other until we find
the guts to breathe again—
the balls to open our eyes again and
make believe…

Make believe!
the dark nest we just loved our way through
wasn’t the Got damn light of the world!
Make pretend that tunnel was not our vision and
that friction! did not make our earths quake
into a trillion spasms of too little time
Ticked off at how easily we lost track
On our way back home passing through middle earth
We stuck to our own rhythms all the way there
until we shook
the hand of G_d and
She He Whomeover
made us believe
in a heaven carved of
sheets and sweat and wet and perfect perfect peace!



Poet, writer, performer and activist Brad Walrond was born in Brooklyn New York to first generation Caribbean parents from Barbados. Brad began writing and performing at the age of 24 when he was asked to participate in a theatrical production curated by the legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte.

Shortly thereafter Brad discovered a thriving community of artists, writers and performers at the Sunday Tea Party at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn. The Tea Party was an instrumental incubator as Brad honed his craft soon becoming one of the foremost writers and performers of the Black Arts Movement of ‘90s. It was at the Tea Party and other venues like the Brooklyn Moon Café, the Nuyorican Poets Café and numerous venues in and around NYC that Brad had the pleasure of sharing the stage with renowned writers, poets and artists including Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, legendary actress/writer Ruby Dee, Erykah Badu, Saul Williams, Jessica Care Moore, Mos Def, Liza Jesse Peterson, Universes (Then: Mildred Ruiz, Stephen Sapp, Flaco Navaja and Lemon Anderson) and Craig “muMs” Grant.

Brad received his BA at the City College of New York and received a full scholarship to pursue is doctoral studies in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He is more than just a poet or a speaker of words; he is a weaver of spells and bringer of passion and light.


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