When the dust settles, and the maggots hug your flesh. A flesh that is no longer yours. No longer powered with your personality, characteristics, flaws, successes, laughter. A flesh that can no longer see through your eyes, hear with your ears, or feel with your heart. A lifeless corpse of talent now rusting away, intermingling itself with the dirt and gravel. What will you leave behind? When your talents are but mud in the earth, will your name linger on the edge of the people’s tongues? Even so, in what capacity? For names have a tendency to stick around for better or for worse. What will you be known for? Will your children grow to benefit from your works? Will you stretch your arms forth in the breath of yesterday and kiss them with creativity? I wonder if my children will live to cherish my books one day. If they will become heirlooms on the shelves of memory. Will my offspring reminisce on an existence that did not include them and yet somehow influenced their decisions still. I am myself obsessed with the mentality of my ancestors. Both the righteous and wicked works of their past and how they have shaped the world before me. From the healing instrument of the music, the perfection of the Afro, or the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four little girls in Birmingham, where I can still taste the stench of mourn. The nostalgic images of yesterday and the way they Underground Railroad themselves into the future. I am forced to ponder the thought, what kind of tracks will I leave behind for others to follow? Will the sweat of labor coddle my children’s tears, or will it just become moisture for the worms of the earth when the dust has settled, and the maggots hug my flesh. I wonder.
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Yecheilyah (e-SEE-li-yah, affectionately nicknamed EC) is an Author, Blogger, Poet and psychology major at Argosy University, Atlanta with a concentration in child and adolescent studies. She is the founder of Literary Korner Publishing and The PBS Blog. She enjoys helping other writers through her book reviews, author interviews and other writing services for authors. The PBS Blog is where she does most of her writing where she's received 13 blog awards from her peers and has been among Reedsy's Best Book Review blogs of 2017 and 2018. When she's not writing, Yecheilyah is studying and spending time with her lovely family. She lives in Marietta, GA with her wonderful and supportive husband. View all posts by Yecheilyah