Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to join some of my favourite poets in the country in lending a voice to the Art for Humanity project – The Art of Human Rights.
In the spirit of celebrating the Bill of Rights, I was tasked with writing up to 14 lines speaking to section 18: Freedom of Association.
When I mentioned this to a friend of mine, she told me that this particular section reminded her of the quote: “Go where you are celebrated, not where you are tolerated.” (Author Unknown). This became my inspiration for the following piece.
Tell her to go where she is celebrated
Tell the child to go where she is celebrated.
Watch her play on merry-go-rounds
with shells and pearls
woven into an exquisite necklace.
Tell her this fellowship deserves her.
Tell her she is the stone and the clasp
that many skies wept for,
that freedom is more than tolerance.
Tell her she is most brilliant
when she chooses to bead herself
alongside shells and pearls
connected by merry-go-rounds.
It is always her choice.
This poem appears on the Art for Humanity website, alongside a beautiful image by the very talented Judy Woodborne. To see this image and all the other contributions, please visit the website and support this wonderful initiative. http://afh.org.za/portfolio-3