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are you the lining of my grandmother’s dress

or the fabric of my mother’s veil?

are you the brow of my father raised

or the cane that befriended my uncle?

You cross

from generation to generation

and latch yourself onto childbearing hips.

Who will tell my daughter to take those steps

the wombs of those before her couldn’t manage

if you pinch at knees of her dreams?


are you the shoes that mother silenced

with her sewing kit?

Or the shirt my sisters wore better than I do now?

Will you tell my son that crying won’t weaken his bones

or that “sorry”  is a word his tongue can give away?

I stop and ask these questions out of worry

I worry that my daughter’s dress length will be


my son’s muscles will matter more than his tears
are you the chosen adversary of change?

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Poem of the Week- Little Grain of Sand

Little grain of sand

Grain little grain of sand
pebble rolled in my hand
pebble thrust in my pocket
a keepsake for a locket

Little sun big in the blue
a granule I make out of you
shine in my pebble little grain
for the moment that’s all I can gain

Baby that screams from the womb
nothing is big in this tomb
quietly laugh now and speak
silence in dead-end street

Little world round and earth-blue
make a mere eye out of you
house with a door and two slits
a garden where everything fits

Small arrow feathered into space
love fades away from its place
Carpenter seals a coffin that’s bought
I ready myself for the nought

Small grain of sand is my word, my breath
small grain of nought is my death

-Ingrid Jonker- (19 Sept 1933- 19 July 1965)

(English translation)

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Times are finally changing, ode to the 2nd female president in Africa!!My President!

Today the second female president in Africa was sworn into my power and I am more than proud to say that she is the president of my country(MALAWI). With the unfortunate death (as all deaths are unfortunate) of our previous president Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika our government decided to peacefully transition Joyce Banda to the seat of president. There has been tension between the previous president and our former VP Joyce Banda that resulted in her being removed from the ruling party (DPP). So a peaceful transition was not at all expected, but Malawi has shown once more why it is called the Warm Heart of Africa by showing its respect for the constitution and the wants of its people. I could not be any happier, what a pleasant gift to welcome me back to Cruces after a busy busy week in NY. Well folks, I hope you celebrate with my country and I as we have been handed back our democracy, there is a lot our new president has to do. But we pray she has the backing of a helpful cabinet to ease her way into her rightful seat.

~One step for women, a giant leap for mankind!!~

Happy Easter!!

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to fade

I will not lie to you , I have no reason to
there were moments when I wanted to drop my ember coat
and dust off the glistening dirt in my hair
burn the history in my blood
so that I could feel like more than
an unhealing wound
I promise you I wanted to
run and hide myself
I wanted to bleed ash and heritage
and hear my own cry in my voice
I still wore scars that were never my own
and wanted more than anything to say
I have no business being either ebony or
because all it ever entailed
was struggle
and difference.
There are times when I only
wished to blend
to sit unnoticed
but blending in is
fading out.

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~Quotes about Peace~ Malawi is on my mind.

With the spell of chaos my country, Malawi, has been experiencing I just thought I would put post some quotes about Peace, peace that we once had and that isn’t too far from our reach. I pray each night for the situation in this country to improve, I pray for those who have lost their lives, I pray for our leaders to somehow come to a compromise with the people and that peace shall once again reign in the Warm Heart of Africa. Here are some quotes:

“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

“Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent revolt of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution
of all to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty. ”
Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980)

“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” ~William Ewart Gladstone

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.”
Buddha (560-483 B.C.)

“Peace is the respect for the rights of others.” (El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz ).
Benito Juarez (1806-1872)

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”Malcolm X (1925-1965)

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

“Peace is always beautiful.”Walt Whitman (1819-1892)- Leaves of Grass

“If you want peace, work for justice.”Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)

“Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin” Dwight David Eisenhower

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.”
Matthew, V:9

“We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. ” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. ” Attributed to both Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi

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Something to Think About

Wise words

My bestie wrote this on her blog and I just thought I should share. Happy reading!!!

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