Poetry

Free Me

By RASHIDA NAMULONDO

They stepped in and cuffed my hands
In police custody I asked
What is my case?
The state verses Annette.
He shouted.
In cuffs
In cuffs.

Invisible cuffs.
They suffocated me in my own house.
He raised his hands.
His finger prints stained my cheeks.
In tears i asked.
What is my case?
Nature verses Annette.
In cuffs
In cuffs.
Invisible cuffs
They suffocated me in my own head.
They asked if i could stand for president.
Their eyes dancing in mockery.
I declined.
They asked
What’s my case.
In invisible cuffs, i said.
Free me.
Let me fly.
Let me speak.
Free me
Not a decorative paper
That says freedom of speech.
Not in a parliament chocked with foolery
That says equal rights for women.
Free me with you voice
Free me with the words you tell your sons.
Free me with your hands.
Not with the promise of tomorrow
Free me today.
In cuffs
In cuffs
Shut up Annette.
He shouted.
Please sir!
Will i get a lawyer?
What’s my case
Please policemen.
Iam no offender.
I know not the procedure.
Can i call someone?
What’s the procedure?
Will i get a government lawyer?

Shut up Annette.
The state verses Annette.
Free me.
Not with a decorative paper.
That screams Justice
Free me with information.
Let me in.
Don't shut me out.
Six months
Six days
And am still counting.
In police Custody.
I know not my case.
I have no one to call.
Free me please!.

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