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Ashanti Marshall is a digital archivist, experiential writer and staff scribe at For The Scribes, spearheading Recovering Softcover, an advice column catering to writers and their inner woes within their craft and themselves. Based in Chicago, being a fat, black queer and femme moment in time. Their relationship to the practice of understanding makes room for explorations, experimentations, mistakes, failures and curiosities in their writing. Connect with them on Twitter and Instagram asking you all the right, real, riveting questions.

 

Now is the Time to Open your Heart

Now is the Time to Open your Heart

BY Alice Walker

You Must Live:

A Future Consequence

You must live for at least two years in space, said Grandmother. It will take at least that long to make you positive that space is where you have always lived. There are people who think they must travel through the air to reach space, but that is because they do not understand. You are born into space, out of space, space is your home forever.  Earth is like a dust mote in the cosmos. An interesting, even fascinating, dust mote. But a dust mote. It is like a raft on a river and the river is space.

She told me I must live in space for two years, Kate said to Yolo. I don’t understand that at all. How am I going to do that?

Yolo smiled at her. Grandmother has a sense of humor, he said.

The next time she returned from a trip she thought she’d been brought to the wrong address. Opening her gate, blinking in surprise, she saw that Yolo had painted her house sky blue.

It’s the color you felt at home in, in my canvases, he said.

Yes, she said, enchanted.

 

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