‘She’ is defined by what she is not allowed


What she is not allowed to inhabit

She is not allowed to inhabit a calling

A calling does not stop the cat-calling


Is constantly asked how she made this entrance

How she arrived here

‘You are not welcome’


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 rises

Watch out


She is here

She is danger

She is dangerous

Because she is not allowed.


As read by Foluke





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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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