i just learned of bell hooks’ passing yesterday. she was the reason i ended up taking women’s studies classes throughout my bachelor’s education at sfsu. she spoke/wrote of things that resonated with me; explaining feelings and experiences that i believe i had felt my whole life – and didn’t have words or peers to share such things with.
things like, marginalization… that stands out for me.
i soaked up her writing – and remained fond of her presence her essence.
and so, i don’t mourn. for her essence remains strong with me – it hasn’t ended.
i do recognize the passing of a powerful being that helped humanity heal.
thank you, ms. hooks… and good-bye.