Poetry, Tale Africa

Woman of substance

By Kgomotso J Kgopa, South Africa:

A soul on high heels!

Woman of substance

Substance that cannot be seen

But greatly felt

Your presence and power is undeniable

Formidable. Admirable.

You make these words understatements

You dance to the brink of each new dawn

As the floors pulsate and ripple to your rhythm

Propelling men forward!

It has been said of you “behind every successful man is a woman”

Well, precisely my words!

You do not possess physical strength

But your words, woman of excellence

Build a Nation

Yes, a gentle soul, yet a force of nature

Consider all nature's phenomenon that bear feminine names and wonder why

A few of the facets you project forth

Your love, kindness and the one that I hate – Tough Love

Are perfectly timed as per season

No wonder the Earth is referred to as “She”

You bear your own weight and everyone else's without complaint

Then blaze the runway with a catwalk as you stride

Through spotlights of challenge and reality!

Ah! What costs some men an arm and two toes,

You do so effortlessly!

Take your place in society and never question your abilities as you do it

Able you are!

Do not drown yourself in guilt,

Woman of reverence

While men might argue that you

Brought the fall of the human race;

Eh! Where was he to protect you from the evil one in gardens of Eden?

Shake your body and wipe off the 'make-up' of shame

That you've been made-up with from all times!

Arise, Mosadi!

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