It Was Written...

Where’d You Go?

WINDOW

“Oh baby, where’d you go? I need you here with me…”

Lying awake in this bed once again, I’m so lonely without you. These visions I have in my head just won’t fade and I don’t know what to do. At the risk of sounding like a sad 90s R&B song, I can’t help but imagine you in the arms of some starry-eyed mystery woman… And I wonder….is her hair, skin, lips, touch softer than mine? Better than mine? Does her love run a little deeper? Have you decided to keep her? Or does she…even exist at all?

 

 

© 2015 K. N. Dozier. All Rights Reserved.

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Habari Gani?

Habari Gani? Or “What’s the news?” Today is the FIRST DAY OF KWANZAA, which is UMOJA or “Unity.”

To celebrate, I’ll be sharing a new drawing for each day of Kwanzaa, which is SEVEN DAYS long, from December 26th until January 1st. ❤

Here’s the first one! To see the rest, check it out on my Instagram page @SOULarLioness!

Happy Holidays! (Only the REAL holy days though) 😉

HABARI GANI 2014

After Hours..., It Was Written...

“Like,1 or 2…”

I’m feeling beautiful, repulsive, lonely and romantic. Talk to me. Lay with me. Watch me watching you watch me as I sigh quietly and force myself not to look away. Light a candle and try to make it last forever; dance with the shadows on the walls; part those lovely luscious African lips of yours as I slide my hands down my belly to reach a little lower and part mine and….can our centers meet, King? I’m feeling sexy, toxic, mysterious and delirious. Kiss me. Kiss her. Yes, she has a name. SHE and HER, not IT. Let’s get married. Let’s laugh at the magnitude of the joke of that previous statement. Let’s make love and brew hate and mix to the two to see what happens next….or not. Let me go because I want to stay. Draw the line then cross it. Find your way into my world because I’m already lost inside yours. Light some incense and blow the candle out. Let’s lie in the dark amidst the fluid, blue-white smoke spiraling from the tips of the incense to some unseen heavenly planes. Let’s watch our natural darkness blend in with our surroundings. Fall in love with me to these binaural beats. Let it slip into your Mind, wrap itself around your Soul and make your Heart its news home. I’m feeling blissful, loose, suicidal and sacred. Let’s blast off to the moon, Neptune, even Jupiter…all without leaving this room. Brace yourself, I feel myself floating away. Out of my body, out of your Mind. But hey…it’s just the two of us, right? Make the confusion go away. Promise me we’ll be forever. And the confusion will go away.

 

 

© 2014 K. N. Dozier. All Rights Reserved.

After Hours..., It Was Written...

–It’s getting late. Don’t you think we ought to leave?

–Li?

–Yeah?

–Did you hear me? We really ought to go.

–Hmph. Is that so? And where are we gonna go next?

–Well, I’m going to take you home. There’s no need for you to be out here at this hour by yourself in the cold, so–

–So? So THEN what? You think you can play the Charming Prince, Mr. Chivalry, or Rescue Hero? Is THAT it? Pull up to the front of my place, attempt to linger with some long-ass “good night” that actually translates to, “Can I come in so I can COME in and COME in it?”

–Whoa, wait a damn minute! Where is all of this even coming from?

–You know damn well where this is coming from!

–I…

–Wow. Um…let me just drive you home, okay?

–NO. I don’t need any ride from you. I’ll get home myself. I’m not some helpless little girl.

–Li, you can’t go wandering around in the night like this. Please, just let me drive you home.

–Is it okay if I drive you home?

–Look, I’ll drop you off in front of the door, you get out the car, and I’ll drive away without another word.

–Fine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2014 K. N. Dozier. All Rights Reserved.

 

After Hours..., It Was Written...

Windows

Once I catch a glimpse of your eyes, I realize that I can fathom the well of dreams hidden there. Hidden in plain sight, but in danger of going unnoticed, I already know that you prefer it that way. Suppressed dreams that shouldn’t be there in the first place, or so we’ve constantly been told. That’s why I’ve never said a word to you about it.

On the days I feel bold and I manage to hold your gaze longer than just a few seconds, I can also see…me. I can see me rippling on the surface, but never sinking deep enough to reach that secret well. Your eyes hold so much warmth, such good intentions…and so many disappointments. You won’t dare allow me to become yet another one. Or yourself.

That’s why I’ve never said a word to you about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2014 K. N. Dozier. All Rights Reserved.

After Hours..., It Was Written...

What’s in a Name? {Prelude}

This right here is an aside. Here is what it looks like. Take heed and consider going to sleep. Even if you don’t, the Sun will still rise on a brand new day. Say “Hello, beautiful. It’s been a long time. I’ve missed you. You’re such a sight to see. I don’t know how I could have ever missed your beauty in this light….with these white sheer curtains, these white bed sheets, these white walls….and our beautiful BLACK bodies intermingled in all of this. How COULD I have ever missed this?” And once those words escape your lips, open your eyes and realize that ALL of this is just…a mere…ASIDE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2014 K. N. Dozier. All Rights Reserved.

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ZED’s Artisan Craft Fair: RECAP!

Ok! So JUST like I promised, I’m going to tell you all about the event on Saturday! Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get pictures the way I wanted to because I was off being a BUSY, BUZZING, NERVOUS BEE (I’ll explain), but SO MUCH has happened!

For starters, I had to borrow two somewhat small tables from the owner of the shop, Pamela–but guess what? WE MADE IT WORK! No lie, at first, I was a NERVOUS WRECK. Just the thought of sitting there outside all day smiling at strangers passing by me, hoping SOMEONE would stop and look at my artwork, or even BUY something! (I was selling some of my original artwork and face-painting). I started off with fear-based thoughts, “What if nobody even likes my art? What if no one BUYS anything? My art isn’t all that impressive! I’m out here looking FOOLISH! NO, NO, NOOOOOO!!” 😥

NO WORRIES, THOUGH! My ride on that particular Train of Thought didn’t last very long–I made SURE of that! I quickly cast the fears out and changed my point of view of the entire situation! I looked at it as a LEARNING experience instead and opened myself up in that way. I’m still brand-new to vending, so for the most part, I took time to pay attention to what other vendors were doing (their setup, their equipment, their mannerisms, how they interacted with potential customers, actual customers, etc.) and took notes in my small notebook, including a list of all the things that I’ll need to invest in as I get further into this VENDING WORLD!

Once I changed my perspective to one of an avid student learning new things (which is what I am ANYWAY), my nerves pretty much calmed down. As a result, SO MANY DOORS have been opened for me too! Throughout the day, some interesting people DID stop by my table, marveled at my artwork, and we spoke. I even exchanged information with some of them. Out of all these wonderful people who I spoke to, FOUR DIFFERENT PEOPLE came up to me with even MORE vending opportunities at THEIR different events and affairs! C-C-Can the CHUTCH say–??? I’ll tell you more about THAT later on as they draw closer and I’m actually SURE that I’ll be attending these events–I can’t give ALL the good stuff away NOW! 😀 ❤

I was in good company all day though! I was vending next to a kind woman named Dee, and SHE was vending her one-of-a-kind hand-crafted bags! From totes to tablet/laptop bags, to purses–her bags were FLYY (yup with TWO Y’s)! We talked all day and she even bought us some ice cream! (It was HOT as EVER outside with the Sun beaming down on us all Still…I gotta love my ruling planet though. ❤ ) I saw a few of my friends who knew I was vending and decided to stop by to see how I was doing. 🙂

I ended up selling THREE pieces! 😀 How exciting! And so…with that money I made, I bought myself these BIG, BEAUTIFUL silver earrings that’s in the shape of the Adinkra symbol, Gye Nyame, which means “except for God (I fear no one).

The event was from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. When it was close to the end of the event, all the vendors started to pack up, I did the same. Even though I didn’t do any face painting, like I said, I talked to a LOT of interesting folks, gave out almost ALL of my business cards, received plenty of contact information of others along with their events, etc.

So, the event ended, I went to Atiya Ola’s for a bite to eat and I spent the rest of the day with my King… 🙂 ❤

It was a wonderful, educational, uplifting experience overall, and again–I’ll keep you posted on what develops from these new connections that I’ve made.

With that being said–PEACE!

GOOD NIGHT! xoxoxo

🙂 ❤

 

After Hours..., Art

The Night Owl…

Here I am, up late again (like I have been lately)…but at least it’s the weekend.  So allow me to ramble for a little bit. 😉

Welp, the event I told you about in the previous entry is only FIVE days away, and as excited as I am, I can tell you this RIGHT NOW–BUTTERFLIES have currently made a home for themselves inside my stomach…and they’re quite cozy there! NERVES like WHOA! I’ve been told over and over again that there’s no reason to be worried and I’ll be just fine, etc., etc. But still…ha, ha.

I’m actually preparing all the artwork and things I’ll be selling ON TOP OF the live painting I’ll be creating.

I’m even going to have some EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION PREMIERE PRINTS of my popular piece, “HEAR NOT” available on Thursday at the event for all my Philly folks! xoxo First come, first serve! 🙂

Ah, but anyway…I don’t want to burn myself out so…I’ll take the rest of the night AND this entire weekend to keep to myself, relax, rejuvenate, enjoy myself as my own company, and get ready for the busy week ahead! YES!

Nighty-night. XOXO ❤

After Hours...

“No, But SERIOUSLY…”

YES, it’s past two o’clock in the morning and YES I’m supposed to be sleep, travelling through Dimensions and Planes of Existence right now, but you know what? It JUST hit me to come and tell you this real quick–

I simply do NOT feel right about proceeding with my blog entries until I really DO tell you the stories I kept saying I’d tell you “in another entry.”

Ha, ha!

Therefore my idea to catch up with myself since I kinda LEFT ME is this: a short series of entries called “The I.O.U. Chapters.”

NO, but SERIOUSLY! I’m going to go back through my previous entries to read what stories I promised to tell you and then…I WILL. 🙂

I’m just SO excited about this blog (and in general at the moment, I had an AWESOME weekend and I’m still high from it all) just in case you can’t tell, so….yup.

‘Tis all for now.

Off to sleep I go.

FOR REAL this time.

Sweet Dreams. XO