For my textual creation, I chose to write an acrostic poem about my theme, embracing discomfort. As I wrote this poem, I was inspired by several specific moments that occurred over the semester. The first stanza walks through my whirlwind of emotions when watching “Black Venus,” the movie about Sara Baartman. When I went through my notes in preparation for this piece, I noticed the word “uncomfortable” and “shame” come up a lot. I remember how it was physically hard to sit through some of the scenes. However, the Sara Baartman unit had a profound effect on me– once the discomfort passed, I gained a new perspective on a dark part of history. I also incorporated aspects of our conversation from Professor Tamura’s unit on empathy and our role as an outsider reading about these events. My second stanza explores my own struggle with discomfort in my body. I describe feeling trapped and desperate to move when I sit still. This semester, especially while spending so much time in front of a screen, has been especially hard. However, I’m learning to embrace the discomfort instead of running away.
External forces grip my wandering eyes, Moans of agony-- I ache inside. Burden of guilt weighs on my chest, but is it mine alone? Realize comfort is nowhere in sight, All I see are past mistakes and cold, hard truths. But Courage and compassion are not enough alone: Embracing discomfort brings the escape I seek. Discomfort lies on the inside, too. I burst at the seams, desperation seeping from the cracks, Stillness is the enemy. Comfort equals happiness, Or so I'm told, so where does this treasure hide? Maybe in the sea of monsters... Face my fears-- ignorance won't save me. One inhale, exhale. Navigate to calmer waters. Remember comfort and discomfort come in pairs, To choose one is to succumb to chaos.