Apr 17, 2011

MY LOVE COMES THROUGH ANYTHING: ¨The cleverest geneticists can’t fathom him, Priests can´t defeat him with venomous rhetoric...¨

Musa Okwonga is an acclaimed poet, football writer, musician and promoter. A scholarship student at Eton College
Following the murder David Kato, Ugandan poet Musa Okwonga dedicated his poem "My Love" to David Kato and Eudy Simelane. LGBTI Activist David Kato was murdered in his home in Uganda in January and lesbian football player Eudy Simelane was gang-raped, beaten and stabbed to death in South Africa in 2008. Musa Okwonga has now turned "My Love" into a multimedia project.

My Love

To some people

My love is somewhat alien;

When he comes up, they start subject-changing, and

In some states he’s seen as some contagion -

In those zones, he stays subterranean;

Some love my love; they run parades for him:

Liberal citizens lead the way for him…

But the same time as these people are embracing him,

Whole faiths and nations seem ashamed of him:

They’ve tried banning him,

God-damning him,

Toe-tagging him,

Praying that he stayed in the cabinet,

But my love kicked in the panelling and ran for it -

He’s my love! Can’t be trapping him in labyrinths! -

Maverick, my love is; he thwarts challenges;

The cleverest geneticists can’t fathom him,

Priests can’t defeat him with venomous rhetoric;

They’d better quit; my love’s too competitive…

He’s still here, despite the Taliban, the Vatican,

And rap, ragga in their anger and arrogance,

Who call on my love with lit matches and paraffin -

Despite the fistfights and midnight batterings,

My love’s still here and fiercely battling,

My love’s still here and fiercely battling;

Because my love comes through anything –

My love comes through anything.  HERE

*David Kato, Anglican LGBT Activist, bludgeoned to death in Uganda, 2011, RIP
Lesbian football player Eudy Simelane was gang-raped, beaten and stabbed to death in South Africa in 2008, RIP

·  Thanks to Musa Okwonga
·  Thanks to Eudy Simelane, RIP
·  Thanks to David Kato, RIP
·  Thanks to African Activist, sidebar
·  Thanks to Amplifying Africa's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Voices


Musa Okwonga said...

Dear Leonardo, Musa Okwonga here - thank you so much for featuring this poem and video on your blog. I am and will remain tremendously grateful.

With very best wishes,

Leonardo Ricardo said...

What a wonderful honor! Thank you Musa Okwonga for visiting my blog--over the past few days I keep revisiting your poem and you (your picture with marvelous eye contact for me/others to pretend we have with you)-- I feel as if we are friends, certainly we are people who feel and see the beauty of our reality...we agree.

Leonardo Ricardo
Guatemala, Central America

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Dear Musa, I think you ought know that your poem generated a huge number of visitors at my blog--you are no doubt appreciated up close and afar by many...we are your secret fan club!

Un abrazo fuerte,

Leonard Clark said...

Greetings Musa, Just a note with a hope that you are well, remain full-up/overflowing with passion for life and beauty around you AND to mention that your poem remains amongst my top ten (ever) blog entries! It actually moves up as time passes as does my regard for you, your dedication of this poem and my desire for your happiness and well-being...siempre,