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Dreams to Write – A Poem by Daphine Arinda

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By Daphine Arinda

 

We are writers
With a license to create.
We stand at the margins,
Prying like investigators
Probing like hackers
Hording experiences
To make stories and poetry
Of what we hear,
See
Feel
Touch
Taste.

--

When the stage is set
We perform
We tickle your bellies with humour
Your toes wiggle, tingling to our musical lyrics
We paint new realities
And you escape with us to magical worlds
Of pink skies
With a cherry as the moon
Sugar crystals as stars
Sparkling wine as rain.
We share our darkest creations
And you find comfort in our confessions.

--

We give up ourselves to create art
But after you’ve been fed,
We are discarded
Like yellow banana peels
After the sweet fruit has been eaten.

--

Our creations are merchandise
Stolen from shelves
By events managers
And organisations
And individuals.
Our publications litter Nasser Road
Multiplied by photocopiers
Without regard for copyright.

--

We shrivel in this scorching economy
We starve
The Lords and Ladies of the Land
Evict us to homelessness
We become benchmarks
Of the poverty line.
The creations cease
And darkness falls.

--

We sink into pits
Of depressions
Of relentless lethargy
Of drugs
And cuts
We hurt
We cry.

--

We roast our lungs
And hope the heat
Will transcend us to a higher place
We water-board our brains
With spirits and gins
Rums and whiskeys
We risk it all
And set fire to the dream.

--

Scorched by poverty,
We welcome convention
Dismiss freedom
Our wild is tamed
Our imagination confined
Behind desks, between walls.

--

Salaries rain upon us
Titles crown us with respect and worth
“Doctor of Philosophy”
“Director of the Inspectorate”
“Secretary of the Council”
“Manager of the Corporation”

--

Noosed in neckties
Unstable in stilettos
Blinded by gadget screens
We forfeit the dream
We set fire to hope
The ashes clog growth
And new entrants evade the Art-Scene
Then we claim Uganda a literary Desert.

--

We are writers
With a license to create.
Gods and Goddesses don’t retire
They reign in Deserts
They are an oasis
Where fellow dreamers can hydrate
As they chase the Dream to Write.

--

 

“This poem reflects how daring it is to choose the writing profession in Uganda considering the challenges that surround it.  Aware of all the risks and the fears, I still dived right into the dream and in December, 2017 I hosted my first ever Poetry Recital. The recital was titled, Dreams to Write to reaffirm to the world and to myself that “this is it, writing is it, and I will just do it.”

“I am happy to say I am still writing and I probably won’t ever stop.”

Daphine Arinda's poetry recital

Daphine Arinda poetry performance

Daphine Arinda's poetry recital

Daphine Arinda’s poetry recital

Daphine Arinda is a storyteller and poet. In her performances, she fuses spoken word with percussions, beatboxing and string instruments and her work is published on a personal WordPress blog “EVABELLA”. She is a member of FEMRITE and the Lantern Meet of Poets. In her other life, Arinda specializes in public interest lawyering and devotes her time to serving indigenous civil societies in Uganda. Blog https://arindaphine.wordpress.com Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/OfficialArindaDaphine

Do you want to submit a poem? startjournal.org accepts poetry, short stories, cartoons, graphic stories, essays, features, photo essays, academic essays and more. Find out how to become a writer for Start here.

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