Secrets?

Khulisa invites our secrets
My defences are sawn off
I have no secrets to keep.

Khulisa invites our secrets
I wonder what safe space
There is for vulnerability?

Khulisa invites our secrets
I call friends to do a test run.

I’m not here laying blame!

Khulisa invites our secrets
I’m a woman, a mountain
An ant & I’m proud to be.

Khulisa invites our secrets
Are mission statements
Protective enough?

Khulisa invites our secrets
Out in the open to play
Who mends our wounds?

Khulisa invites our secrets
‘If you decide to keep Secrets

ills will surely follow!’

Khulisa invites our secrets
I want to tell it as it is
For this I’m woman enough

Khulisa invites our secrets
I will tell the truth if at last
And still sit with my pain.

Khulisa invites our secrets
Can this safe space resist ‘Black & white’
Traditions so deep and steeped?

Mia Nikasimo (c) April 2009