XII. Let the Ring Finger be Immersed...

in the carbon black kohl.

Let said finger rest in the middle between the thumb and middle fingers.

Let that blackened finger-tip gently touch the side of your face.

Do not give me your mechanisms for staying positive and enduring whatever may come.

This is life - This is my life and I keep chardi kala.

Yes, I am positive. I am positive because I am not superstitious.

I am resilient.

I do not trust none.

I only trust one.

That one is all I need and I have everything because of that one.

Let the ring finger be adorned.

Let the finger-tip be cleaned of kohl.

Let the clean finger embrace the world that is at its tip- no longer blackened…

no longer held captive by the need to explain what was given so graciously.