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My Soul, God & the World

Cover image: Lucy Jane at the Luxembourg Garden
Image courtesy of Dr. Roseline Armange

A clinical and health psychologist by training, Dr. Roseline Armange (Lucy Jane), earned her doctorate in cognitive psychology at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne, Paris) with summa cum laude distinction (mention très honorable et les félicitations du jury). Her scholarship exploits the intersection of politics, race, gender, literature, philosophy and psychology. The interdisciplinary nature of her research led her to be selected as the 2018-2019 Dubois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Faculty at the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). By placing non-Western academic knowledge’s and creative praxis at the epicenter of her work,  Armange’s scholarly and artistic foundations challenge the cultural and Western world view.  Her career as a humanistic scholar intertwines with her artistic persona. Art and aesthetics are at the intersections of her passions for creative writing, fashion and Soul-Jazz music. Her world mission aims to inspire and awaken the light in us.

"My Soul, God & the World" is the second of two poems by Lucy Jane that ETBP is honored to publish. 


Un, Deux, Trois, my voice is calming, is power

Quatre, Cinq, Six, my feet, standing against the wall

The wall of fear, the wall of misery

The misery of the soul, the misery of the Ego.

And I ask myself principle questions.

What are my intentions says, Oprah.

My friends call me the “Game changer,” the “Light in the Darkness”

The “One,” the “Called.”

In the midst of my Godly mission

My strength has gone.

And I call for a renewal

And I scream for a rebirth,

A call of Revelation

A call of Revolution

A call of endless Evolution

Sitting on the shore of my thoughts. I am amazed by the insane becoming sane.

So, I am choosing Godself, I am choosing myself...

It is a thing to stand, it is something to voice.

It is something to be

A matter of my soul

A matter of the divine

A matter of Being,

A matter of breathing

A matter of moving

And I am surrounding.

Feeling light again

Feeling alive again

Amid the dead souls,

the misery of the capitalist world dies next to my wounds.

And I stand!

I stand as I am

I stand because We Stand

For the dreams of my God, My Mother

for the dream of Man Nolas

For the dream of the many

For the dream of Bernadette

For the dream of Mamie

For the dream of my mum’s unrealized dreams

For the dream of Her 

For the dream of Hers

For the dream of so Many

For the dream of Her-Stories

For their dreams alive in mine

I stand

I choose to Stand

Firmly

Fiercely

Strongly

Because it is My duty

It is our Duty

To let a legacy

To breathe life into so Many

As a Re-source of the Source

As a lamp

It is a thing to stand

It is a thing, so I stand

It is a thing, so I am.

 

Lucy Jane. A
December 12th, 2019, Paris 11e.
The night and the Sky.

Read Lucy Jane's poem entitled "In Memory of the Past Present and Future" by clicking HERE.