I Birth Fire – Poem by Vimbai Lole

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I am cold

An ice cube claims ownership of my ribcage cavity

Icey blood flows from it to take permanent residence in the whole of my body.

Isolation has become my brother

He keeps me from touching my neighbour with my cold hands

He blocks people from noticing the frosty tears that have created a winding runway on my face

They call me the Ice Queen Not even the bluest flames could warm me up

 

Yet in all that coldness something about me is hot

I feel my insides arise The thundering sound of a promising storm The pure pain that has me insane Angel of death, i present myself!

Be kind to me!

I feel hot in the regions of my womanhood.

Is this your revenge against my womanhood, my feminity, my fertility ye cruel world!

Take me out of this misery

Im way past the doors of hell

This pain I cant bear

The part that makes me woman

It is burning down there!

In all this coldness

How do I birth fire?

 

 

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