African Diva: An Elegy Among The Ruins (For Kamaria And Our Sisters).
Article Type: Poem
Author: Askia
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754433
African Diva: An Elegy Among The Ruins
(For Kamaria And Our Sisters)

   I hadn't wanted to venture down certain
   avenues, exploring startling aspects of
   inhumanity and ruin. I hadn't desired
   to confront infamy face to face.
   I longed for gentler things: your delicate
   face illumined by love's tranquility, or
   spiritual ecstasy; your sepia arms enfolding
   a child. Yet, Mosetta, this century,
   of primal savagery, this era of death's
   bizarre mockery sickens the soul.
   I am awed by your perpetual strength
   and certitude. You seem to blossom like
   a lotus in mire. Your mellow calmness
   inspires miraculous hope--my empress
   of a thousand battles, mistress of celestial
   vistas, imagination's jasmine diva.
   In a grander age, when mystics reigned,

   sages would astound the World with tales
   of women like you: Sheba, Nefertari, Tiye,
   and thousands more. Alas, today, as barbarism
   stalks ruined capitals, and life violates
   the breath with endless rot, your supreme
   virtues are mocked by surly thugs, high on
   misogyny's vicious cocaine. And yet,
   to aspire towards the ultimate, sublime
   Unity of Being, to exalt beauty
   and excellence remains a beacon of any
   time and place. And, because that striving
   heart belongs to a woman of the African race,
   the clouded day is suffused with glorious
   rays, as we move together, striving always
   to resurrect the visionary heart.
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