Wednesday, October 3, 2012

AFRICA POEM (3): YOU ARE A FLAME FLOATING THROUGH THE DESERT


Today, Katie taught me about Mwenge, a torch carried through Tanzania. Tanzanians talk to the torch "as if it were a person." It's like the Olympics. The torch is treated like a King: 

katie:  hahaha
so there's this torch that travels around the country
and it goes from village to village
it's called mwenge
and today we had to good fortune of having it come to kinampanda (my village)
 me:  nice!
who was carrying it
or was it floating
 katie:  hahaha
it's carried
and there's a big ceremony for it
they dance and sing for it
they sing about it like it's a human
referring to it as "you"
 katie:  it was so strange
the strangest thing i've experienced here and that's saying something
it's just this torch
but it's treated like a king

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