3:00 AM – Waist Beads (Hour 19)

stringing beads

in a pattern

is both ritual and


the careful consideration of

colors, gems, jewels, and metals

coordinated to express a mood

or a special moment

scooped up

on thin needles

and strong thread

over and over until completion

the care is intentional

knowing its placement and purpose

worn to adorn and remind me

of the power in my center

a connection to myself

and my culture

at once

as the beads are strung

and then tied

in place



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