2013 March 28: Against the rising tide


Hated without reason

Living on a mission

To love with full conviction

This body is my affliction

Hence I make that decision

To enter this transition

And bring my soul to living

As I emerge from my cocoon

Like a bird freed from it caging

I hear the storms surrounding me

Society is raging

Their whispers turn to murmurs

And their murmurs turn to shouting

The pupae is a butterfly

But they surround it, doubting

They call me an imposter

And the waters rise in judgment

Never have I, felt so complete

Though I’ve been left abandoned

Their clenched fists pound my naked skin

They pound me like a drumbeat

Blow after blow, in this downpour

They cannot hear my heart beat

The cruelty and rising tide

So many have been shattered

Their only crime, to be themselves

For which they’re killed and battered

What is the crime in being myself?

That death should be my sentence

I only live to show my love

And long for your acceptance

I am who I am…and against the tide,

Of disapproval in their eyes

Still I rise….

Affirming truth…

I shall not choose,

To live a lie

by Sam G Ndlovu


About the author

Sam A.K.A Sam Poetical is a young LGBTI activist from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe who believes that artistic expression is the key to connecting issues to society and a great way to stimulate dialogue from personalization.

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