2013 Dec. 1: Words

 

Words aren’t easy to come out
Words have a deeper meaning than we think
Never back down when you tell it
I found myself with a trick of telling the words

Words have a deeper meaning than we think
I laugh because words aren’t so easy
I found myself witha trick of telling the words
So I told the truth no one wanted

I laugh because words aren’t so easy
I started to talk on how I see things
So I told the truth no one wanted
I’ve found tricks in telling the words
Never back down when you tell it
Words aren’t so easy to come out


by Theo Masalaza

© 2013

 

  

About the author

My name is Theopatra Masalaza was born and raised in Khayelitsha, Cape Town in a family of six siblings. As a young child I was taught to be an independent person in life by my mom. It grew up with me daily, and today I can say that I was my own parent. Today I am a grown woman that is a known Fine Artist and a Ceramicist in my community. I found myself loving journalism, so through all the skills and talents that I have, I became an activist – solving problems and telling stories of our daily lives. I don’t tell just any stories, but stories that make people twice, and stories that will have an impact.

... the first special publication by Freegender

… the first special publication by Freegender

Words features in Rivers of Life book which is a compilation of black lesbian stories and poems. Recently launched by Freegender on the 30th November 2013 in Cape Town.

Theopatra is one of the authors with Andiswa Any Gungxe, Aphiwe Mikana, Funeka Soldaat, Gcobisa Nogova, Pamella Mhlawuli, Sinoxolo Nqwenani, Siya Mcuta, Thozama Matabata, Velisa Jara, Vuyo Ndamase and Zandile Tose.

According to the statement provided by Freegender on introduction page, “The book shows untold stories of our lives in the face of overwhelming media representations of us as victims of hate crimes. Though this book reflects the reality of violence in our lives, we show that it does not define who we are.

Here we express the infinite richness and complexity of our lives because we are telling our own stories in our own words.”

To buy your copy or donate for future publications write to:
freegender2009@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to 2013 Dec. 1: Words

  1. Maureen says:

    this is truly inspirational.
    we all need books that will speak to us, to who we are and we need stories that are told by US not for US.
    thank you so much
    I am motivated to write my own book and have it published next year

  2. Tarras says:

    Wow im so inspired…;)

  3. Dragon Guy says:

    The e-mail doesn’t appear to be working anymore. Is there any other way to get the book?

  4. Dragon Guy says:

    My apologies, I figured it out. The e-mail is freegender2008@gmail.com. 😀

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