CATHERINE MAGODO- MUTUKWA is a prolific and a multi award-winning Zimbabwean voice in the diaspora. Her verses are bold, pregnant with reason and they drip the honey of wise counsel. Her voice is motherly, as she rebukes fellow women to rise, to speak out and to raise the fist of resistance and thrash barbarism. The imagery abound beautifies her art of poesy. MUTUKWA is a literary combatant standing up bravely for the pains and glories of motherhood and womanhood. A legendary advocate of girl child. A literary sniper and her bullets are heft with truth, as they fire directly into the belly of male -chauvinism and scalds innards of of sexist demons. Her realism shrapnel whips fellow kindred sisters to resurrect from the doom of gloom of yester year slumber, to rise from tattered laurels and embrace the glory of resistance and the warm sun rays of resilience. A SISTERS KEEPER. WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS celebrates prowess with the iconic chronicler CATHERINE MAGODO-MUTUKWA by featuring her poetic insignia on our digital pages on this day of our God, the Almighty and Again we are humbled as we celebrate Africa Day with our literary Arts Legendary. ALUTA CONTINUA (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
I keep staring at this emptiness
where my ‘whole’ used to be
there’s a ‘hole’ now
the ‘everything’ that imposed
‘nothing’ on me…
nothing to hold and nothing to
except for the memories…
from the day I laid my eyes on
him to the last day I laid him
My silence buried him,
watching it all in muffled stillness,
I was too afraid of the words
I~I would say
the words that were burning hot
things inside of me,
the words that are still burning
allow me a moment of sadness
Its been a while but the weight
of his loss weighs heavily on me
It’s nestled in the creases of my
searching for healing in the hidden
parts within me…
Maybe one day I will accept…but
for now I don’t want to forget.
FOR WOMEN ON THE VERGE …………….
I’m searching for the
to put into your mouth
you can find your voice
you’re so desperately seeking for,
to peel away the layers of made-up strength,
brittle to the touch,
to access the exhausted human within you
who can’t seem to keep up with the charade
so you can be gentle with yourself
Did you tell them?
Did you tell them about the many wars you
had to overcome this morning,
for your feet to touch the ground…
the effort it took to inhale and then exhale
when you would rather not …
about the dousing of a fire that once burnt
fiercely with intense conviction
when the heart was young and unscathed with
about the crumbling down of boldness that you
keep trying to gather and
yet it keeps escaping with the fumes of
your anger does not need an explanation or
permission when you become un-stitched…
The doors of my mind, there’re refusing
to uncover the mystery that makes
this tragedy that has become life at
My HOME is on fire, it is burning…
BURNING I tell you!
Allow me to air my frustration, while
I sit here at the edge of dashed hopes.
Deep in the valley of despondency
where my thoughts remain oppressed and
my opinions suppressed and
all these emotions unexpressed,
“Powerless” needs no translation
the words I carry deep inside there’re too
heavy, too heavy for pen and paper,
I can only petition our maker in the
eloquence of my silence.
An attempt to make sense of these agonies
has left so much unsaid
though I feel like shattering, simmering in
anger, struggling to conceal this mental anguish,
I begin to understand the value of my voice
to calm this storm…
CATHERINE MAGODO-MUTUKWA hails from an African city down in the southern hemisphere. She is a mother, a poet/writer, a counselor and an advocate for the girl-child and women. She’s very passionate about giving a voice to all those who struggle with the tongue which refuses to give them a language of feelings and expression.Catherine has a BA English and Communication Hons Degree and is the author of several books. She has been anthologized in a number of collections and some of her works are featured in various online magazines both locally and internationally.
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