After weeks of waiting and tons of poems submitted for the poem of the week competition, it is my pleasure to announce the winner of the poem of the week prize of Ksh. 1,000. And the winner is Jennifer Noxolo Musangi! Her poem titled 'This poem I refuse to write' is a provocative sex-themed poem that explores the female body and procreation.
Few poets are daring enough to be provocative when it comes to matters of sex and procreation but Jennifer has dipped into the belly of the beast with this poem.
Here it is...
THIS POEM I REFUSE TO WRITE
By Jennifer-noxolo Musangi
This poem I refuse to write
this poem that refuses to be silent
no, this poem, I shall not write
if I write this poem, they shall say I’m gross
if I write this poem, it will be called graphic
if I write this poem, a woman's poem it will become
but I want to write this gross poem
I want to leave out no details this time
I want to describe this rhythm in rhyme
the rhythm of blood and fluids
the blood and fluids of childbirth
but no, that is just taboo.
I shall not write about blood
for blood is better spoken of in war
and vaginal blood disgusts you
but I want to speak of the cut flesh
the flesh of my vagina cut into my ass
but this maternity talk irritates the male ear
and I refuse to write this poem
because to you that is trivial
and not good enough for a poetry anthology
this poem I refuse to write
because it's time women writers got serious
and wrote about things that matter
this poem I shall not write
for men need protection, protection from such ugly flesh
the flesh they want fit for the next f...