water bearer...

I remember now,
How the threads of life unravel
A time ago unwrapping blessings became difficult
But I remember a love that kept me embalmed in water
And made me a water bearer.

There were times when I wished for even a fathers shadow
Days when I yearned to be yoked to my mother.
When I swam unclear waters hoping to cleanse
And I was baptised over a hundred nights
Washing in sacred tears that made the god of my grandmother weep to her knees.

I remember how to unclench my fists
I had nestled my insecurities into my core
And forgotten I had roots
But now that i see holiness in my skin
Now that my heart has grown into its own
Days of been an island are over.
water bearer - Tapiwa Mugabe

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