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Heritage by Angela Nimah

Angela Nimah | Dec 24th, 2018 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Heritage
Don’t ever be afraid
They want us to be afraid
They want to keep us asleep
So they tweaked the narrative to dumb and numb our people down
They, the system
They, the missionaries
They steal everything
Heritage
Don’t ever hide your gifts
They want you to think that you’re not worthy
They want you to think that it’s demonic
Heritage
Bua le badimo ba gago
Expand and reorient the spirit by bridging the gap between you and your guides
Heritage
Fear is irrelevant in the land of the spirit
Time is relative
Heritage
You are well looked after
What’s on the other side is a place we’re all familiar with
A place called home
Heritage
You carry a sense of responsibility and knowledge of your craft
And a willingness to shift perceptions
Heritage
Don’t ever compromise your essence in exchange for “we’ve been colonised”
Knowing yourself is knowing everybody who’s ever lived before you
Heritage
You are an honour and a privilege and you are prehistoric

(Line 14) translation: Bua le badimo ba gago means speak to your gods or guides.

Poet Bio

Angela Nimah, is a South African creative entrepreneur, musician, writer, illustrator, crochet designer and founder of crochet & knitwear clothing brand R V L™.

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