April 22, 2011

She Godess - Fezekile Futhwa

She Goddess

My eyes are blessed
My soul liberated
My senses are graced
This day
The day of wonders

I have seen her
Laid my naked eyes on her
Like it was some prophecy
Destined to happen
Just when the time is right

I must be special
Anointed with the anciet glory
Marked as a wise one
For today I saw greatness
Dreamed in the reality of the moment

The Goddess of beauty
She who represents serenity
Who defines purity
She from whom all beauty came
I saw an African Goddess
Goddess on earth

She truly rules this land
She sways as she walks
Taking measured steps
Not to defile her beauty
Goddess of my land
In her beauty has meaning

How on earth
Am I supposed to describe Her
Her beauty is beyond words
Words do harm
In trying to explain
I can only live in lust
Lust of memories
For memory is reality hidden
Lingering in the depths of spirituality
Remembered only in tranches
As the spirits wills

I know no other
But beauty I have seen
On this my land
Land of Ancestors
Land of the Gods
Land of the Spirits
Beauty defined in a woman
An African woman
You are God


  1. This poem strikes a true representation of Afrikan culture and identity. It embodies the self of the Afrikan continent and its people.

    Mr. Futhwa, do enlighten us more on this piece, stating the inspiration and possibly motif behind this piece, thank you

  2. Well, the poem is cultural as you have already alluded. It is a cultured way of looking at beauty, and in particular the beauty of our women. I guess the starting point for me was the vast difference of beauty between African and Western definitions. It is an appreciation of African beauty and I guess a call to our women to appreciate themselves.

    Inspiration? This is interesting because I'd like to believe it was inspired by an African woman! I met a lady and was blown away by her natural beauty. Now in my culture men are poetic by nature and we are expected to appreciate beauty where ever we see one. So the poem was a way to pay tribute to this that I saw with my eyes, yet not easily describable with words. For something in her stroke a cord with me, she was truly beautiful and she understood she was beautiful.

    On the spiritual side, it resonades with our ancient stories of She Gods, but that is another matter all together!

  3. How insightful. Afrika must feel proud. Tell us again, do all your other poems follow similar suit? If not, what makes this one different from all your other pieces?

  4. This is a difficult question indeed, because writing takes different forms. I am mostly inspired by personal experiences, so I guess yes.

    Since poetry is supposed to be an expression of sorts, my poems are mostly inspired by the conditions around me. And since I am politically aware, I like making statements in my poems.

    You see, traditionally poetry is both a rendition and performance. So our poetry always talks to issues.

  5. Afrikan poetry embodies the true spirit of our culture. Thank you for making this clear enough. Afrikan poetry is beautiful, Afrika is beautiful...


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