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Anachronisms

I thought I met you Yesterday,
wearing a pair of fleecy blue gloves
an upturned coat
and a downturned
smile;
You whispered a song or sermon to yourself
as you walked down
the parched pavement,
quenching its thirst with your every step.

It was the summit of summer season
Yet
you shivered
like hot tea blown cool too fast;
stopped every now and then to
rub your gloved hands together
before burying them once more
within the suede lining of your coat pockets,
whispering a song
or sermon
or sonnet
softly to yourself.

I thought I met you Yesterday,
But maybe it was Tomorrow;
for you seem too much a vision of the Future;
cool as stone
in a world
overheating,
burning,
corroding
from its own
Caustic
Lies.

I wrote this poem about myself a few months ago because it typifies me – an anachronistic woman. I describe myself as such because I feel that I am moving quicker than time and culture will allow for me to do as a woman. We African women are tied down by so many patriarchal demands and commands that we are often forced to accept in order to be perceived favourably by our communities.

But I feel like a rebel, the devil’s advocate – an anachronism whispering a song, sermon, sonnet of strength softly to myself, feeling cool amid the heat of madness.

I speak of oppression and triumph. I interrogate norms and standards. I push the envelope.

I am not a woman of my time. I am a woman of the future. In fact, I am a voice of our future!

What led me to the WorldPulse online community was the idea that I could interact with other like-minded women from all over the world, women who are unafraid to speak up and to speak out! Women who are the futuristic, anachronistic – moving society into a world where women can be what they want to be.

Part of the soul of WorldPulse is to create a world where women can transform their lives as well as the lives of those around them by simply raising their voices.

And raising my voice is what I am about! My blogging has helped me in this endeavour immensely and I believe that when one woman has the courage to speak, she paves the way for others to do the same.

In WorldPulse, I feel I have found a community of women with a similar mandate as mine. And through the’ Voices of our Future’ course, I know I will make my voice louder, bolder, stronger – not only for myself but also on behalf of the many voiceless women in our world whose chorus remains the horrible sound of pain borne in deafening silence.

Comments

olutosin's picture

You Are

This is the voice of our future....if all of our women can speak boldly...can challenge the stereotypes and can speak for the future, then the change will be Now!

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

Fungai Machirori's picture

You are right!

Hello there.

Please tell me more about your organisation. Greetings from Zimbabwe!

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

olutosin's picture

WORLDPULSE INTIATIVE

Stop the Abuse of Rights is the NGO I founded after being selected as VOF, The training behind the training after the selection gave me the inner strength to begin, we work specifically at training children and responsible adults about prevention of child sexual abuse and gender inequality. It is a new NGO, that is still crawling but we are glad to start from the beginning.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

Fungai Machirori's picture

Excellent!

Keep going at it my sister! Does it have a website that I can check?

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

adrineh's picture

Beautiful poem

Beautiful poem, Fungai! Though I had to look up what "anachronism" means, I'm glad I did because it fits in with your message quite nicely. I love that you wrote a poem to yourself: I have so often written poems to others or about others or even about a feeling, but I've never written a poem to me for me. It's a beautiful gift and I'm sure is just one example of empowering yourself. I'm happy to have met you on World Pulse ;)

Fungai Machirori's picture

Hi there and thanks!

Writing poetry to myself is part of celebrating myself. Very often we do not do that and celebrate others instead. I am a very keen poet - would love to see some of what you write...

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

adrineh's picture

Celebrating Myself...

... I like that! What I have been writing has mainly been about local politics and trying to create dialogue between Azerbaijani and Armenian men and women. Perhaps that's because of my work (I work in at an online news agency, which is actually an NGO that publishes local and regional news daily) and perhaps because I find these are important topics that rarely get covered in mainstream and local press. To see some of what I've been writing lately, you can see my blog at http://leretourin3parts.blogspot.com. I'm interested in reading your blog, but couldn't find the address in your profile (perhaps I'm still figuring my way around this site).

Fungai Machirori's picture

Thanks!

Am definitely going to check it out. I have updated my profile - it was a bit bare!!! My site URL is http://fungaineni.wordpress.com/

I think you will enjoy it!

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

aimeeknight's picture

Perfect! I looked it up

Perfect! I looked it up too..it is my favorite new word, thank you for sharing!

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Fungai Machirori's picture

Glad I could help!

New words are always nice to know. They expand our horizons and the richness of what we are able to say!

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

Megan Reyes's picture

I love your voice!

I was sorry your poem and story came to an end - I could have kept reading for hours! Thank you!

Megan

Inspirationally,

Megan

Jan K Askin's picture

VOF week 2 assignment

Dear Fungai,

Your poem is powerful and beautiful. You have a gift and you are using it. Do you have a forum in Zimbabwe for spreading the voice of a future woman?

Your Sister in the US, Jan

Jan Askin

Fungai Machirori's picture

Ha!

Jan!!!!

I am not sure I saw this comment all those months ago, I am sorry!!!! Well, by now you know me far better :) Fora for spreading the voice of a future woman - mmm, there are women's organisations in Zimbabwe but they have become quite maternalistic, ie. they are run by the 'old guard' who find innovative young women a bit initimidating to them. So I am not sure I would say there is space for us...

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

JessiSchimmel's picture

A poet and a pragmatist

Dear Fungai,

I can clearly see that you have a deep-seated passion and the motivation to effect change for the women of the future. And I think you very clearly are a Voice of Our Future! Your poem is beautiful

But I'm the pragmatist. How do you plan on sharing your message with women in your country and internationally? I feel empowered by you, but how will you reach out to those voiceless women to empower them as well?

You are not anachronistic in this community, here you can be a leader!

Thanks,
Jessi

Fungai Machirori's picture

I am a rung on the ladder

Like you, I am realistic. I can't empower women by shouting on the mountain tops! But I can shout out to the right people who know how to tailor what I say to their constituencies. If I speak up, people realise there is at least one woman who does things differently. They can take me or leave me, but they know I exist!

And this speaking up can be packaged in so many ways - discussion forums can be staged, community role plays, women's clubs, etc. I write about plenty that no one else in Zimbabwe touches upon and I think what I say and think makes for fantastic interrogation of self and culture. I have seen this work so well with my blog.

So what I want is the people who can make this even bigger and better to get interested. I want adaptations of independent thought to manifest.

Am I answering you okay?

I am a rung on the ladder. I speak up. Now I need to be heard by the policy makers/ donors etc FIRST before I can reach the communities because they have to provide the means and resources for the marginalised woman to hear me. That sounds a bit vain but I think what I say isn't said and has to be said. Every woman needs to hear an alternative to what she already knows.

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

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