A mother’s plea

“Africa has her mysteries and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.” Miriam Makeba

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Commiserate with another,
I refuse to be the subject of your pity today.
Open your eyes,
Search me deeper and see me.
Poor,weak and dying?
You mistake me for another.


Did I not birth and bore 54 offspring,
All of them nothing but works of complete perfection.
Do my descendants not make the most magnificent display?
Have you beheld their charcoal coils that defy gravity?
Every one of them with luminous sun kissed skin so diverse.
You’ll find it in the Kalahari desert and hanging on a mulberry tree.


Tell me again why you despair for us?
Why you touch your heart and blink back your tears.
Is it not my gold and diamonds that adorn your neck?
Why won’t you see me?
Is it because I was pillaged, stripped and assaulted…
Is it because my children sometimes go hungry?


Do you not see that though distressed and constantly assaulted,
We still play the marimba and the kora.
Can you not hear the beat of our drums
and the echo of our ululations.
Don’t you know my children carry resilience,pride and bravery as a badge of honour.
So please see me,
Please see them,
And celebrate us…

“God bless Africa, Guard her people, Guide her leaders, And give her peace”. Trevor Huddleston

11 thoughts on “A mother’s plea

  1. Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:
    My Featured Blogger this week is an African writer whose site is called Copious Morsels of Everything, but whose name I don’t know. Her birthplace appears to be Zimbabwe (she refers to it in at least one poem). So why do I share her work? Because her words are simply too poignant to ignore. She makes us care about the things she cares about, and makes our hearts reverberate with hers. “This is my feeble attempt to purposefully navigate the world around me,” she says in a brief About paragraph. “Purposefully,” always. But “feeble?” Never.

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