Wrapped in my black shawl, the day I came to earth,
Swaddled in such shame, by lone mother at my birth,
Flung upon the universe, with a stigma on my name,
Growing under black shawl, the one they couldn´t tame.
I danced under old full moons, with wolves & forest folk,
I drank wine of icy streams & wild herbs, I would smoke,
My lips were painted red, with sinful berries of old fall,
But, always around my being, I wore my old black shawl.
To balls I would go, dressed in pretty, soft & silken gown,
“The shameful little hussy,” I was called, around the town,
With tasseled black shawl, draped around my stoic shoulders,
Walking proud, beneath the weight of stigma’s stony boulders.
When laid in my coffin, at my end of time, upon this earth,
With forest lips kissed by berries & as naked as my birth,
Protected now & soft mantled, by Angel´s sighing breath,
The black shawl´s protection is shed in gentleness of death.
© Sue Lobo
Excerpt from the book “I Am Woman”
About the Author
Sue Lobo is the author of three books of her experiences in Africa, a poetry book “Africa My Africa” which is poetry reflecting African life in the terrible apartheid era in South Africa & “Lollipops of Dust”, her autobiography, of a child´s view of living in colonial Africa, in the Kalahari desert, with all the magic of what the old Africa had to offer. Her last book “The Last Dance” was published by Creative Talents Unleashed. She has also participated in eleven poetry anthologies with other very talented poets & has won a couple poetry competitions in Gibraltar & Spain. On occasions she has written requested epitaphs and elegies for families of departed souls. She is married to a Spaniard, with two grown up sons & presently lives in Spain. The sale of this latest collection of animal themed poetry called “Wild Whisperings” published by Creative Talents Unleashed will go entirely to Save The Rhino Fund.
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