A Poetic Profile of the 2019 Voqal Fellows: Wash and Learn

May 29, 2019

This week we wrap up the Poetic Profile of the 2019 Voqal Fellows with the final installment of the Cooperative and Collaborative Politics of Change. As a reminder, Adrian H. Molina created this insightful poem during the Fellowship convening back in January using a process called Live Scribe Poetics. The Fellows liked it so much they decided it would serve as a perfect manifesto for this year’s Fellowship.

VIII. Wash and Learn

Gather dirty laundry.
Test a theory. Run a cycle.
Wash a load and find
something meaningful to do
while you wait for your time to rinse,
while you prepare the next load.
There is a regenerative flow to this work,
rooted in investment. We, who they invest in,
are simultaneously investors.
We are being given to, in the present
because we promise to give to the future.
This promise is sacred. The first gift
is your Presence, rooted in your honesty.

Be radical in your truths, and your gifts given
will return. The washing machine
will become a portal in the desert,
evolving our rage,
beyond the digital divide,
disrupting the status quo,
into the creation of a new way. “A good way,”
as the keepers of the ancient secrets
have told me. I have listened.

Wash and Learn.

Voqal would again like to thank Molina for his invaluable contribution and encourages those interested in learning more about his work to visit molinaspeaks.com.