My Featured Blogger this week is an African writer whose blog site is entitled 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, 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. “Feeble?” Never.
“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…
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