Better Versions


By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa

Mamkhulu says I made her love her body

She says I made her appreciate the way she is built

That sexy should not exclude her round figure, her flat ass, or her flabby arms

She says it’s thanks to me that she sees herself as a goddess that she truly is

My mother sees her laughing eyes in me

The fighting spirit she nurtured…


Our mothers see themselves in us

Let us heal them

May our shadows not only shine but give hope

Let us be the better versions of ourselves,

Of them


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