Treasure Island

Marukgwane Moremogolo


Sabina' s Song


Muddy, filthy, stuffy 
Dark mud hut, cow dung
And an old woman who never came

Knife, razor, scissors without anaesthesia 
And an old woman who never came

Anger, moisturerised less, cracked hands
And an old woman who never came

Forceful removal, clitoral hood, outer labia
And an old woman who never came

Forceful spreading, muti, libido reduction
And an old woman who never came
It is for your man, she says

Vaginal infection, permanent damage, complications
And an old woman who never came
It is for your husbands enjoyment, she whispers

Blood, sewing, bloodied cloth
Faint, weak, motionless
Your husband will like it, like this, she sings

And Sipho, Denneboom station, pap, deep fried steak
All stars, account jeans, DMD Tshirt
' girls from the mountain are nice' he chants
Yet Sabina, would never know

Submitted: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Edited: Thursday, May 30, 2013

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International Day against Genital Mutilation 

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