They are telling lies

FEMINISTS SOUTH AFRICA

Tendai Garwe Tendai Garwe

By Tendai Garwe

They are telling lies

Who tells these lies?

That women pull each other down,

Size each other up

And are not united?

Who is it?

It’s patriarchy

We celebrate each others’ child birth,

dance around and sing with joy.

Appease the ancestors and force facial similarities with ease.

We name the baby and collectively buy toys.

We have always been united;

They are telling lies

We cry at funerals, cook;

Meal after meal by the fire;

Whether they are genuine tears or smoke induced, it doesn’t matter, we do it together.

We hold each other tight when the pain is unbearable and stay up all night reminiscing the unbelievable.

We have always been united;

They are telling lies.

We face the same struggles;

Understand the sound of different laughter and pain;

Be it inequality and violence;

Lack of democracy and security;

Child birth and silence;

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