The Divine Feminine is the feminine aspect of the divine power that connects and binds the
earth together. It is the goddess energy that exists within us all. – Google Definition of The
Call of hawks
Rumble of thunder
Goddesses rise from your slumber
Form a herd
Of unbridled, wild horses
I believe this photograph is best suited with the section “A Feminist Future”. I took this
photograph in the Outdoor Seoul Botanical Garden as the flowers began to blossom in the
Spring. To me, the rose blooming represents my hope for a season of empowerment and growth
in feminism across the world. With the onset of more feminist groups and social media
campaigns, we have become closer to transforming power dynamics and policies.
Furthermore, a rose is often used to symbolize female reproductive organs, with various
cultures and artistic representations using flowers to represent fertility. Through this photograph,
I aim to draw attention to the recent efforts to combat legislation restricting reproductive
healthcare. I believe that autonomy over reproduction is the key pillar of the overall health,
empowerment, and human rights of women. The beauty and intricacies of the rose pattern in
the photograph alludes to the physical and emotional significance of womens’ ability to control
their beautiful bodies.
I also think that the photograph pairs well with “A Past of Protest” as well. The rose also
embodies the years of strength, resilience, and vitality demonstrated by women who fought for
their rights in various facets of life, such as voting and workplace treatment. Both the vibrant
energy radiating from the rose and its ability to grow in various conditions, from lush gardens to
harsh environments, speak to its power to overcome challenges and thrive. Similarly, over the
past few decades, women have been able to use their powerful spirits to combat sexism with a
drive for change.
Terrill was not honest with us about the reason that he was sent on the extra planetary ship to
He came to us with that same old same old alien to human "I come in peace" nonsense.
And we, being schmucks, ate it up. We wanted to appear enlightened and accepting. We wanted
to think a superior being had traveled light years just to commune with us because we were that
It's not like he was a lizard man who wanted to eat us. And he wasn't trying to repopulate
the planet or anything with a race of mutant aliens. (In case you were concerned about that.)
Really, it was simpler than that. Governmentally, things had gotten out of hand on his home
planet, El. Terrill was a con man, a prisoner, and, to prevent crime, his planet's government had
adopted a three strikes you're out policy. So third crime, no matter what it was, meant that you
went to prison for life.
my ancestors they feared
the world that birthed them –
but I set it on fire. now I watch
from the skies, as my children
burn. now these are the things
without all remedy, when they
were once without regard.
I will never speak to my father
again. I will die on this hill.
Except I will not.
I will die in an alien country,
oceans away from the monsters
who claim they are my family.
I will die afloat in the Milky Way,
lightyears away from the family
of monsters who are claiming me.
I will die sweet and effervescent,
leagues away from the claim
this monstrous family is pressing about me.
Will they even live to see me die
We are a lonely people in a crowded room
Gasping for any air left
Screaming for any echo left
In the 4 walls covered by societal norms
Gasping for any air left-
Drowning in expectation
Lungs looking for any air-any freedom left
Screaming for any echo left-
A room so crowded a voice will not stand chance against expectations
As expectations are smeared like graffiti with no eraser in sight