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Cold Wind on My Face
Mary Kimani
KenyaGALLERYCONVERSATION
What defines my generation of women? In one word: resilience. I think my generation of women in my region of origin (East/Central...
I am determined to change the way things work in my continent. First and foremost I want people to be informed. To stop looking at things through rose colored glasses and acknowledge where we have real challenges. Then from there, I want to get people involved. For long we have depended on outside intervention to solve our problems and yet we have so many African women and men with the capacity to intervene and make change happen.
I am currently working on two separate initiatives. The one am most excited about is a trust fund we are setting up which aims to get African professionals (doctors, teachers, counselors) to volunteer their time and go to areas where women and children are suffering the effects of war or poverty and provide services for free for three to four days.
The poems I have sent in are not romantic poems. Imagination is not just about things we would wish to be but a lens through which we can also see truly. There is a place for dreams, it is the place that tells us all that we can be if we were allowed wings and could soar. But all real dreams must be firmly anchored in reality. When I hear the term 'Imagining Ourselves', I think reality and hope mixed together. It is who we are now and who we want to be.
But it of no reassurance to me-

It stands on the hilltop,
real,
unmovable.
But even from far I can feel the stirring of the cold wind
that moves around its empty spaces,
I can feel the silent cries of those who have died there.

I hear their agony,
hear their pain
smell their fear,
feel their disbelief.

Their shocked disbelief.

It shouldn’t happen,
can’t possibly happen,
and...

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