Suddenly, well, not so suddenly
If you were listening.
The news of the Woman, the prime Civiliser, first Cultivator,
The news of Woman
pains, not cheers!
At the height of the age of her affirmation
With notable enrolment in schools at all learning levels
And the doubtful Right of coupling mothering
With the mock privilege of bearing arms in combat
To snuff out the life she alone suckles
There is some, silent, lurking fear
This may not be the reality
But it fills the space of News
It is north and south east and west
Black. Brown White cannot point the finger
at the Other
It is all over, this insidious culture
What! is She now an upstart
Prematurely free from official patriarchy
Is she now the uppetty one
Taking the place of the enslaved everywhere after breaking their chains?
Rush to the watch towers, watch it close:
Blissful domestic battering
A common thing
In New York
a hotel maid
Can be set upon
A working mother, woman from Africa
Set upon by a world ruler
Famed for his ferocity
And nothing, nothing comes of it.
here in this republic
Land of the free
Free to break laws and rules and violate right and left
And he is not called criminal!
Like the junkie with his joint
I don’t have all the facts,
Just askin’, just checkin’
Rush to the watch towers, and verify
Everywhere in every hour, so it seems-
Or is there a real backlash?
This is a bell crier’s alarm,
Like the crutch I carry, just in case
This js just random stories, anecdotes, not research,
Not affidavits, just news.
The old man just checkin’
In a country to the south, an active woman leaving
A discouraging climate
was told she amounted to nothing
another speaking out her mind
slammed in secret by analyst
accused of being in heat
a dull domestic dumbing down of the gender.
In this bastion of hypocrisy, a woman
Demanding rights already won
Wins the medal “Slut”- in the public worldwide space
And He, the lord of contempt and bluster
is still an opinion maker,
Public figure, serial offender
With the facility of offending
And apart from myriad attacks on her sacred person
The rapes, the penalties, the silences
The secret determinations behind closed doors
by titled tools
There comes this brazen proposition
in guise of a verbal paper change
To Occupy and control her Body
Deny her defence in the name of Jah
Ah just askin!
By Eusi Kwayana
Photograph of my grandmother – an amazingly resilient woman who has struggled beyond imagination throughout her entire life and continues to fight her personal demons even today.