What happens when we recognise the ones we love no longer?

When from the crevices of their skin is a monster raging,

Reveling in the fear spewing forth from our pores.

 

What happens when we recognise the ones we love no longer?

Their pupils mirroring our silhouettes

Their voices echoed by our actions

To birth strokes of fraternal deeds.

 

What happens when we recognise the ones we love no longer?

Whose feats give rise to our stark devils

Our spirits rebellious,

Our mouths screaming and wailing

Our hands firmly tearing and ripping

Our finger and toe nails scratching

So that we lose sight of who we once were

So that we too, can recognise ourselves no longer.

 

 

« Our strategy should be not only to confront empire but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness- and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.”

Arundhati Roy.

 

NB: I guess you could say that this poem is inspired by the current election frenzy. This is what jail must feel like. A certain ‘big brother’ looking at your every move from a camera which you can see but is too high for you to reach and dismantle. Note to self: do your best to keep away from prison.

Reading that quote by Arundhati, I’d like to think that an empire is symbolic of so many things. It is symbolic of politics of course, intelligence, education, friendship, feminism, manhood, love. The list goes on and on.

It is symbolic of so many things that we believe should be linearly defined with grandeur. Not for us to  feel but for others to see.

Such that an idea of one thing is in complete turmoil with a different idea of the same thing.

 

 

 

 

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