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I am more…

I am more…

Am I just a mere object, a product to be attached to an arm of some artist
Am I just an ass, that “wiggles, claps and twerks”
Am I defined by the number of likes that I get from the picture I just took

Does how I choose to wear my hair define my non-acceptance of my own heritage
Does beauty mean so much to me or does what society thinks mean much more
Does the number offspring that I bear describe how accomplished I am as a woman

Is my short skirt an invitation for hands to lay themselves on me
Is my inability to fight back, means for me to lie down and take it
Is my unwillingness to appease you, justify being called a ‘harlot’ and a ‘prude’
Is being outspoken a cause for you to make me shut up

Why is it that my failures are met with murmurs and I told you so’s
Why is it that my successes are met with mockeries and sneers
Why is it that my accomplishments do not reap equal rewards
Why is it that I have to prove myself to show that I belong

I am more than just a face that pouts
I am more than just the body that twerks
I am more than just the bearer of fruit
I am more than just what society thinks and demands from me
I have the mind, the power, and the fight
I just need to learn to accept that I am more

Thuli Mashabane

9 August 2016

[IMAGE SOURCE: Jami David]

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5 comments

  1. Wow, Thuli! Phenomenal work! Such a powerful message!

    “I have the mind, the power, and the fight!” <3

  2. Wow what a beautiful inspiring piece Thuli!!
    Well written!😃😃😃😃

    “I have the mind, the power, and the fight
    I just need to learn to accept that I am more”

    We are indeed so much more! Let’s be lionesses of our own kingdoms!

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