House of Abundance Poetry’s four-year anniversary event fell in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In absence of the physical gathering of this mighty community, ALL ARTS partnered with House of Abundance Poetry (HOA) and introduced an ongoing series with a single-word prompt for each writer: quarantine.
Three collective members joined together — remotely — for their quarantine poem submission.
Bed-Stuy-based human Tina Kachoo is a community builder, facilitator, co-founder and host of bi-monthly events at the House of Abundance Poetry (HOA) alongside Claws Solange. HOA is a homegrown community gathering that has taken place in their Brooklyn apartment over the last four years to intimately showcase poetry, spoken word, ciphers, live music, improv pieces and more. Kachoo aims to provide relatable feelings, as well as safety and acceptance, through all the poetry that she writes and events she organizes.
Chrystelle Robinson is a Toronto-raised occupational therapist, currently living and loving in magical New York City. Working in the area of mental health, Robinson has a strong passion for the intertwining of spirituality and science to facilitate positive change for clients. Robinson has remained an enchanted member of the HOA community for the past two years. The environment of creativity, passion, safety and confidence fostered by HOA directly aligns with her philosophy of life, therapeutic practice and overall sense of emotional wellness for all.
Karmay Gorley is the founder of Gloetry Assembly, a Brooklyn-based wellness business that prioritizes the mental and emotional health of women and girls of color. She combined her interests of spirituality, conversation and sisterhood to form Gloetry three years ago and now offers healing circles in charter and private schools around New York City. Gorley has been a devoted member of the HOA community for the past two years, and appreciates the safe and nurturing community Kachoo and Claws have cultivated.
Here is Kachoo, Robinson and Gorley’s work “The Other Side.”
“The Other Side,” by Tina Kachoo, Chrystelle Robinson and Karmay Gorley
It brings me such joy to live in a world where all people are seen as one.
We are connected inherently by our very existence on this planet.
Every human life holds equal value in our hearts and this is reflected in our laws, attitudes and interactions.
In my world, health is a human right. Health and wellness are the norm.
Access to quality healthcare, nutritious and delicious foods and beverages are available to every person on the planet easily and without cost.
In my world, global travel and migration are easily accessible, comfortable and affordable. The blending of our cultures, languages and shared experiences allow us to live more harmoniously than ever before.
In my world, the planet is worshiped like the goddess she is. Supporting and cherishing nature is part of our everyday life.
In my world, we listen to the wisdom of our children and allow their dreams and imaginations to flourish wildly. We allow the freedom, hope and joy of youth to guide us all to a new vision.
I am grateful to live in a world where we protect each other, no matter how far removed we are. Because we know that being human is what connects us.
I am grateful to live in a world where we spread love and hope rather than fear. Where love is an ingredient that every politician and world leader campaigns, it is contagious and endless.
I am grateful to live in a world where our elders are valued, respected, and celebrated daily. Where they are constantly surrounded by curiosity from the generations succeeding them. They are never alone.
I am grateful to live in a world where our healers are given the resources they need to perform successfully.
I am grateful to live in a world where men put forth emotional labor, where men are comfortable with expressing and growing their emotional intelligence without self-judgement.
I am grateful to live in a world where nations protect their indigeoneous people.
It feels so good to live in a world where we honor our ancestors. Where we live in ritual and in ceremony. Where we celebrate people over profits.
It feels so good to live in a world where we are comfortable acknowledging and expressing our emotions. Where boys have permission to cry and girls have permission to yell
It feels so good to live in a world where we honor each other’s individuality and humanity. Where we cultivate our children’s natural talents and abilities
It feels so good to live in a world where we are worthy for just being … alive.
It feels so good to live in a world where borders represent how we are connected, rather than how we are separated.
It feels good to live in a world where we honor mother earth and plant trees instead of cutting them down. Where animals are mass protected instead of mass slaughtered, where we see the Divinity in all living things.
It feels so good to live in a world where it’s the norm to listen and follow our hearts.
It feels so good to live in a world that values truth and evolution. Where we have developed more of our senses and can communicate telepathically.
Where fruits and vegetables freely grow and are accessible to everyone
Where pollution does not exist
Where we trust the goods and products being sold to our families and children
It feels good to live in a world where we support each other
because we know, we are in this together.
Find a full schedule of poems, to be released weekly in partnership with House of Abundance, here. For more information, future events, and general updates from the community, follow House of Abundance on Instagram at @abundancehouseof.
Top Image: Chrystelle Robinson, Tina Kachoo and Karmay Gorley.