Vanessa Chisakula’s pen speaks and her voice writes.

Chisakula’s poem HER PLACE portrays the day to day disparities experienced by the feminine gender race under the grip of patriarchal stereotypes and traditional vagaries .The poem reveals the burden of women and girls as they remain underdogs in African homes even in this current epoch of global village and modern society. The poet and the poem seeks to inform the world of women relegated to peripheral roles of feeding and polishing lives of men. Over and above sexually , emotionally and physically abused . Women’s value and societal standing have been overlooked and underrated. Chisakula is an advocate of girl child voices through her literary and poetic guns.

 

HER PLACE

her place was a four walled room called kitchen
where her opinions landed on cupboards
and her musical performances on pots and pans
her creativity lowered to only determining the amount of salt and spices to salt the spice
then, a shallow minded man went ahead and named the kitchen “her place”
he could not see beyond the chores
this place meant magical happy meals not only to satiate hunger but to raise even a generation
he thought she belonged not in a boardroom
her specialty was cookery who said documentation lived in the same room?
her place was not at home battling cramps
nursing period flows and wiping blood off floors
her place was not a home, practicing selective hearing
or being the Chief In administering first aid
passing a band aid
to who needed it first
it was always a crusade
her place was not to co-parent an adult
whose parents had failed to teach real life lessons or beneficial mannerisms on how to co-exist
her place was not to seduce or in anyway arouse or satisfy the sexual appetite of another human-
to stay enslaved, answer morning glory calls, stand accused of the outcomes and reactions of the penis
her place was not in a fellowship of women who taught her traditional scripture,
behaviourism or home management systems which were never approved in universities for they were just common myths and beliefs
her place was not of a sex symbol
bed warmer
stress reliever or a man’s entertainer
her body was not a museum of attractive statues for show
for she carried inter connected parts and at the end of the day their they lived a heart
so, sometimes she fought the wrong battles
fought to keep her presence subtle
her biggest mistake being to fight for equality
it defined stupidity
as women had already attained an unbeatable level of a superiority
her place?
her place was on pedestal
a million feet up on a throne of stone
so, without feeling like an object, pardon her as she gracefully reigns in an era where women ain’t tools but are people
she is just unstoppable
stands unbeatable
she is queen
her place
her place is
at the top

 
VANESSA CHISAKULA aka VANVAN

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Page poet and spoken word artist. With a poetic journey that officially sprung in 2018, Vanessa is fearless and ready to fight to see her dreams of being heard come true, in her mission to use poetry as an activism tool. Vanessa has done invitational performances for Action Aid , Center for Trade Policy & Development Zambia and Hivo’s Southern Africa. She has also scintillated audiences at the Annual Anti Drug Day 2018. Van-Van has appeared at the monthly Poet Spring at Alliance Françoise and is also a bona fide performing member at Word Smash Poetry, where she is co-founder and also curator.
VanVan has tantalized audiences at the Intwasa Arts Festival in Zimbambwe too.
Her poetics shocked social media audiences with her recent piece of work which went viral with over 3 million Facebook views and also conquered SADC Twitter

WOMAWORDS CURATOR

mbizo-chirashaMBIZO CHIRASHA is (ihraf.org) 2019 International Fellow of the International Human Rights Arts Festival New York. Essays contributor for the MONK art and soul Magazinehttp://monk.gallery/category/essays/ in United Kingdom. Co-Editor of the STREET VOICE a German Africa Poetry collection, http://www.street-voice.de/SV7/SVissue7.html in Germany, Co-Editor of Silent Voices, https://www.obooko.com/free-poetry-collections/silent-voices-adedoyin ( a tribute to Chinua Achebe) Contributor Atunis Galatika,https://atunispoetry.com/2018/11/23/mbizo-chirasha-zimbabwe/, Belgium.Contributor to Diogen Plus Magazine in Turkey, http://diogenplus.weebly.com/mbizo-chirasha.html.Editor of the WomaWords Literary Press, https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/. Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal, miombopublishing.wordpress.com, Resident Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe , 100tpc.org/Zimbabwe and the Originator of Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. Founder of GirlChildCreativity Project (Amplifying girl child voices through literary Arts.)me.facebook.com/mbizochirasha. Featured in the POIESISI Slovenia International literature Press, https://www.poiesis.si/, Slovenia. International poetry site, Better than Starbucks in Untied States -https://anthonywatkins.wixsite.com/btsdec2017. The GAPA Blog in United States, pa.org/2017/11/21/gapa-meets-poem-mbizo-chirasha/.

 

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