My Name is…

Lethabo Moje

My Name is…

Poem by Lethabo Moje  IG: @ chxrmxine_mxje

Lethabo Moje

Thanks to Lethabo for sharing her beautiful and insightful poem. She is only 19 and already showing great talent. When I asked her which was the inspiration behind it her response was so inspiring…

” When I wrote this poem “pictured myself during a social setting and I felt tired of telling everyone my name and them already judging my character because of how another ‘Lethabo’ is…so the poem was an emphasis that I’m not just a ‘Lethabo’ I’m The(thee) Lethabo”

The need for not being judged based on others, on prior supposed knowledge and cultural believes. The desire of being recognized as a unique individual, of being given the chance to show and express who she is…isn’t this an universal theme? Are we not all looking for this same recognition?

Mixed array of atmospheres 
That join together in one space
A sense of being watched and ogled
From behind
Like the eyes blurring what's in front
For focus on the rear
And this beautiful man mobilising his lower limbs in my direction
I knew he was looking my way a few minutes ago
And he said 'Hi'
In a dreamy voice
Like it was a foreign language
He asked "what is your name girl?"
I couldn't simply articulate
And echoed he's question like i felt offended
So i said "my name is..." 
And i paused for a moment
But continued..."my name is..."
Thick roots that curl
Up on my scalp
Like a roasting kernel
On fertile ground
My name is
Brown eyes that open wide
Like an invitation
For soul stares in the moonlight
My name is
Brown skin
With 50 shades of rawness,
Love,
Humour,
and all things ambience
They're creating products for this uneven tone
But i console
Its melanin pop with a dash of cream
To sweeten the sour submission
Of hiding this beautiful name
My name is...
Not another one on your list
My name is...
Not your punching bag
That hangs there waiting to take in frustration and all your negative moods of the day
He only asked "what is your name girl?"
My name is....my name is...
And just when i was about to simply articulate,
He stopped me and said
"Nah i was asking coz your name tag is upside down"

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