note from the borderlands

“To survive the Borderlands

you must live sin fronteras

be a crossroads.”

~ Gloria Anzaldua (1987)

we are a faded rainbow

in the space between differences

we can be

on both shores at once

to speak from two places

to speak in tongues

to speak in-between

where am i calling from?

i am a woman of colour

of “mixed race”

and mixed feelings

i grew up during the state of emergency

the inbetween times

the time until

oneday

i can speak from this past

which is not the past yet

and/or

i can choose to speak from this liminal space

of emergency and emergence

from the inbetween

not black or white

i speak from this space

of colour

and migration

outside and inside

this moving place

of not yet and now and until

i can only tell traveling stories

{excerpt from a talk i presented recently: “Somewhere over the rainbow: an inside(r)-out perspective on identity and diversity in South Africa”}

*where are you calling from?  if you are living “in the Borderlands”, i’d love to hear from you (ddmatthee@gmail.com) ~RSVP

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One thought on “note from the borderlands

  1. such beautiful words and right on…

    and all the colour, all my diverse parts that was/is me, in my former life, before migration, my former identity with determined, known, familiar frontiers, even if they are/were frontiers that thrived with movements to the new in the old, really is still there – that miriad of rainbow – whole and in parts – some how still a work in motion, like water paint on a page flowing to find a new form, a new temporary frontier where to linger, stay, breath, smile for a while until the call to walk further calls to cross to the other side once more – onward into the unknown – shifting shape, place, visibility ,emerging now and again to cast a miracle of inifinity across the horizon and when no one is watching, just disappear, until next time

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