Thousands Who Belong Under the Sun

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by Sionne Neely “We’ve said it before: We don’t like prisons, but we are not afraid of them. There are thousands of innocent people who belong under the sun, not in prison cells, but we will continue with our attempts under any and all circumstances.” ~ Mahienour Elmasry To women rights defenders Yara Sallam, Sanaa […]

by Sionne Neely

THOUSANDS

“We’ve said it before: We don’t like prisons, but we are not afraid of them. There are thousands of innocent people who belong under the sun, not in prison cells, but we will continue with our attempts under any and all circumstances.”

~ Mahienour Elmasry

To women rights defenders Yara Sallam, Sanaa Seif, Hanan Mustafa Mohamed, Salwa Mihiriz, Samar Ibrahim, Nahid Bebo, Rania El-Sheikh and the other 15 activists unjustly imprisoned to a three year sentence for peacefully protesting in Egypt.

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Transiting through the house of Mirrors

Entails encountering your reflection at every turn

How do ghosts appear to you?

Like bright beams or sharp shards of glass?

Or whispers that stand still in crowded hallways?

Perhaps they smile, dropping crisp jewels like laughter

Gathering up moments in open palms for the rainy days

We stand between sliding doors

Always on the cusp or brink

Freefalling on the edges

Of what is or could be

Navigating between zeros and ones

While buying water at a kiosk

We replenish at risk

Always at risk

While living in a permanent state of exception

Here rules bend and snake

Contracts distract and enact

New forms of restlessness

Producing a playground of persistent struggles

Fractures in abundance

But we drink from this well

And hydrate ourselves

To renew dreams and a desiring imagination

We stir up that collective feeling

Making sure all sip our magic brew

The blood binds us

Like purple hibiscus or blue lavender

Our verve is intensive, vigilant, focused

Perhaps it’s been there all this time

What is solidarity? Feminism? How do we speak out publicly?

Your hopes run like the night through us

A kaleidoscope of bodies dancing in yellow, blue, red and purple

Sentiments with bone and mass

Emboldened through millions of persuasive personalities

We are coming

We are not afraid

We are here

Prepared to meet the light of tomorrow with heavy hands

The joy for life is embedded in our beings

We will not be eradicated.

In solidarity

 

SiSionneonne R. Neely is a Knowledge Management Specialist at AWDF. Sionne is part of the African Women’s Development Fund’s (AWDF) Community of African Women Writers. Click here to learn more.

 

 

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