Flowers

A Song by X'ene Sky
Directed by : X'ene Sky and Hakeem Adewumi Shot by: Krishnan Vasudevan

X’ene Sky is a classical pianist, singer, and composer based in Austin, Texas. Her song “Flowers” is dedicated to Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Tasnim, & all the flowers gone too soon.


Wake up and smell the roses, wake up and see
Wake up and smell the corpses, there’s no justice For you or me

Cause we’re dying fast
Ripped up by the root
And i hope you live to see the flowers bloom
Cause hope springs eternal in spring
As flowers and corpses among
Other things

Bury me where the flowers grow
Please let my lover know
That i’ll be back next spring
As flowers and corpses among
Other things

Cause we’re dying fast
Ripped up by the root
And i hope you live to see the flowers bloom
Cause hope springs eternal in spring
As flowers and corpses among
Other things

I feel Flowers as a love letter to me as a Black person. As a Black femme. As a Black thing in an unthinging world. I hear it as an intervention in the terror levied against Black life. It is a love letter from the Earth in rebirth, regeneration, and death.  

Her body laying down amidst the cemetery feels both beautiful and tragic. There is the tragedy of visualizing another Black thing laid into the grass. But this tragedy is working against/with(?)  the idea that perhaps there other ways to imagine black presence, black permanence. That perhaps in the end isn’t the end after all (and isn’t that beautiful?) 

Flowers reminds me that blackness is bigger than tragedy. It is elusive, it is fluid, it is shifting. It is Lazarus back from the dead, it is a flooding stream refusing containment.

-Mayowa Willoughby

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