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Shako’s dance


Malika Ndlovu - 2011-07-05

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Shako’s dance

My silent, defiant grandmother
Is smiling
See her tongue hiss and whip
Watch my jerking shoulders
Keep your eyes on my feet

My silent, defiant grandmother
Is calling
Hear her warn against hidden dangers
Watch my pulsing back
Keep your ears open to this rhythm

My silent, defiant grandmother
Is singing
Feel her in your bones as she vibrates in mine
Watch my shimmering skin
Keep your heart tender, here she comes

My dance is the receiving, the carrying
My living is the treasuring of her name