we love because it is the only true adventure

we love because it is the only true adventure

The night loves the stars as they play about the Darkness … the day loves the light caressing the sun … We love … those who do … because we live in a world requiring light and Darkness … partnership and solitude … sameness and difference … the familiar and the unknown … We love because it’s the only true adventure …
— Nikki Giovanni, "Love: Is a Human Condition" from The Women and The Men (1975)
photos by  Ashleigh Bing  and Kirth B, featured in  ESSENCE MAGAZINE

photos by Ashleigh Bing and Kirth B, featured in ESSENCE MAGAZINE

On December 16th, I had the pleasure of participating in the Wedding story for my good friend Christian and her husband, Brent Birckhead. When Christian Richardson, known as Nicki, asked me to read a poem at her wedding, I said yes and then I panicked. Y’all . . . I don’t write love poems! But for them, I’d do anything! She gave me three words, “Black Liberated Love.” So I consulted with the greats - Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Maya Angelou - and this is what I got. Enjoy! #birckheadgetsrich 

 

 the only true adventure

(for nicki and brent)

 

nikki giovanni taught us

that black love is black wealth

and oh the riches

in you

i see the fruits

and the labor

in you

i see abundance

in us

i see light

 

maya angelou said

in the flush of love's light

we dare be brave

and here we are

ever courageous

in our pursuit of joy

together

we make it look easy

 

toni morrison said

simply

love is or it ain’t

she reminds us that

we didn’t fall in love

we rose in it

and i would leap

from the ends of the earth

for you

as long as you

meet me at the horizon

 

i’m not afraid of anything

when i’m with you

i’ll go anywhere in the world

as long as i know

i can come home to you

and home is wherever you are

 

james baldwin told us

love takes off the masks

we fear we cannot live without

and maya agrees

love strikes away the chains of fear

from our souls

love liberates

it doesn’t just hold

 

and we stand here

before each other

fearless

free

(c) bridgette bianca, 2017

For more pictures and details about their love story and this incredible wedding, check out their ESSENCE MAGAZINE FEATURE! See if you can spot bb in the pics!

theme for english b : the title

theme for english b : the title

Poem Published in Cultural Weekly!

Poem Published in Cultural Weekly!