Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

From One Border to the Next

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

From One Border to the Next

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From one border to the next

My feet graze, eating the soil.

Red, sticky mud

Sandy grains

Stone pebbles

My toes curl, digging deep

My eyes to the horizon

As the equator draws her line

A taunt.

Trying to force me to make a decision,

To make a claim.

Though my heart is free

To wander from border to border with my feet

Its heaviness keeps me rooted.

My roots from the grassroots

Kilimanjaro cries, with arched back

Calling me back.

And I hear her, even through the heavy dialect

The voice of my mother

Sing song speaking.

Not every word is clear to me

But somehow I know she's directing me,

And I sing song back.

Though not my mother

Her tongue extends through me.

I carry her voice across each border

Over each horizon

Across each shore

Until I know that I am home.

Jacqueline Kibacha (2010)

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Jacqueline Kibacha has a passion for the power of words. …

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