Poem: Keywords

“Reclaim

What was lost

What was stolen

What was hated

What was misinterpreted

 

Knowledge

The silenced words

The burned scripts

The enslaved souls

The destroyed science

 

Spaces

Which aren’t open for you

Which systematically exclude you

Which you still enter

Which you, against the odds, conquer

 

Language

That upholds supremacies

That reinforces stereotypes

That deconstructs binaries

That frees the oppressed

 

Experiences

When fears meet the present

When hate becomes more than mistrust

When hope resurrects the past

When lies can’t be left behind

 

Intersectionality

The ignored formula

The uncomfortable necessity

The sought goal

The ultimate achievement

 

Love

Who suppressed it and hid from it?

Who found it and suffered because of it?

Who gives it and owns it?

Who practices it and self-applies it?

 

Empowerment

That breaks oxidised chains

That alters unfair imbalances

That strengthens free minds

That recovers the voice of some

 

Land

Where traditions were buried with no funeral

Where the dispossessed laid dead, waiting for an uncertain end

Where naive settlers became privileged

Where battles are still being fought for the unknown

 

Freedom

The cruelest game

The deadliest desire

The end of the tunnel

The most honourable sacrifice

 

Pluriversality

How it challenges the mainstream

How it contradicts misguided narratives

How it offers alternatives

How it nurtures difference

That makes us less indifferent”

 

-Written after being inspired by the #DecoloniseSussex week events, particularly the conference on Monday the 11th of April (Decolonizing Education: Towards Academic Freedom In Pluriversality) and the talks & performances by poet Asma Elbadawi and rapper Akala on Wednesday the 13th of April.

By Emilie H. Featherington

All Rights Reserved © 2016

 

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