She

‘She’ is defined by what she is not allowed

What

What she is not allowed to inhabit

She is not allowed to inhabit a calling

A calling does not stop the cat-calling

She

Is constantly asked how she made this entrance

How she arrived here

‘You are not welcome’

She

Is not made welcome

She is not allowed to inhabit seats of power

Power denies her her own power

Power makes her powerless

Brute force disempowers her

She is not allowed to inhabit her body

Her body is always danger

Her body is always dangerous

Her body is always in danger

Of being called temptation

Of subjugation

Of invasion

So sometimes she inhabits the silence

Sometimes she inhabits the rage

For she

She is not allowed her tears

But sometimes tongue-tied tears become rushing rivers

Drowning her

And she

She is not allowed her blood

But blood burns becomes brimstone

Fire

Fire rises

Watch out

She

She is here

She is danger

She is dangerous

Because she is not allowed.

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African woman, lawyer, teacher, poet and researcher. Singer of songs, writer of words, very occasional dancer of dances. I seek new ways of interpreting the African experience within our consciousness to challenge static ideology.

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