Cognitive Chimurenga

Poetry | By Rutendo Mutsamwira, Artist | 03 October 2015

Liberation of the mind, mine is a Cognitive Chimurenga… 
Armed with a questioning mind, calculated risks, informed opinion,
with a dash of brilliance which makes others think ndinopenga!

I’ve learnt that life is too short to remain smacked or hooked on things and people that erode and eat at your soul…

Dig deep within yourself, mind, body and soul… do what you have to, for you to feel celestially whole.
Challenge yourself to cross and conquer the barb wired, mediocre, mental border…
If need be, barbarically attack through vigorous reading and critical engagements of the enlightened in nature…
Work.Play.Sleep. not necessarily in that order…. 

Maximize your fullest potential with enlightened cognizance, that’s not a suggestion, that’s an ORDER! 
If you never try, you’ll never know just what you’re worth…
Go forth and liberate your mind, to realize your worth!
Like all great battles it will not be easy…

They’ll manipulate your weakness and insecurities with scriptures that make you ridicule and trivialize the customs of your people…
As with all battles, you must question it all, stand tall in your convictions for they prey on the feeble.

Guard the gates of your mind like the warriors of Torwa na Kami…
Leave a trail and legacy like that of Rekai Tangwena
With the resilience and influence of Mbuya Nehanda…
The wit and precision of Sekuru Kaguvi…
The persistence of Chinotimba… 

The relentlessly inquisitive and critical narratives of the intellectual elite… 
The charisma of a foresighted and articulate veteran charmer…
Let the world not be robbed your warmth and compassion…
For your ordinarily abstract mind may make others question kuti uno penga…
Go forth dear comrade, VIVA Cognitive Chimurenga! 

 

.R.