Repairing The Breach
(Sam Youmans) Sam White is incarcerated and while that is a simple statement and a cheap visual it’s also one that can wrongly label a person. Sam is a lot more than that. He is locked down physically but he is spiritually and emotionally free and the best way to show you what I mean by that is to turn you on to a book he co-wrote with his aunt Golden Winters.
(Golden Winters) This is a story of hope. This is a story of spiritual violations. This is a story of respecting yourself and learning who you are. It is a story where the poems are short stories of loving each other despite the circumstances, despite the weight on your back and leaning into whatever comes, just leaning into that.
(Sam Youmans) The book is called Repairing the Breach and this is going to sound like a gross oversimplification but it’s about growing up. It’s about not letting yourself be defined by your circumstances. Your life circumstances or your immediate circumstances.
(Golden Winters) Repairing the Breach is basically about repairing your soul when your soul is injured. Repairing the Breach is about making amends and learning who you are.
(Sam Youmans) It’s also about not being defined by the face you wear. The one you see in the mirror, the one that belongs to your father.
(Golden Winters) He owns his responsibility into where he’s at, he owns that. He has taken ownership of that but then his father walks away and goes to make another family and he doesn’t understand. He thinks his father hates him but he says he’s walking around with his fathers face. But, he tells his father that I forgive you and that if I was with you today I would hug you and tell you I love you. but he also tells him that I’m becoming a man I’m transforming and that I’m learning to love women and not disrespect them. I’m learning about family and so in this he’s validating himself and telling his father all those things that irk him and at the end he tells him I love you.
(Sam Youmans) It’s an interesting collection of poems and short stories created through their collaboration. In the book they address a lot of issues like personal challenges, hard truths, compassion, vulnerability, faith and self-validation. It’s about learning who you are and coming to peace with your reality.
(Golden Winters) This was a journey of transformation for both of us because many of us in our communities are born from wounded wombs and we own that but we don’t know why we hurt. We are born into anguished communities and we don’t understand that and we’re trying to get a hold of that because that is also the making of us and to what we’ve become and how we elevate and evolve and move from that.
(Sam Youmans) The book came out last year but their collaboration began way back in 2012 when Golden reached out to her nephew.
(Golden Winters) Golden talks about how the collaboration began, how they got to know each other and describes one of the poems called “A Mother’s Words”.
(Sam Youmans) What a great way to share memories and get to know each other. They say we all have a book within us just waiting to get out. Repairing the Breach is a great example. It’s the collaboration of thoughts and experiences of two kindred spirits, related to one another but separated by a thirty year generational gap. It’s a reminder that no matter what the circumstances or how dark or confusing life seems at the time…
(Golden Winters) There is always a door to enter.
(Sam Youmans) That’s right, there is always a door to enter. And that will do it for this edition of Newsgram from Webtalkradio.com