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KADZUWA — I was widowed in 2012

United Kingdom-based poet Gertrude Kadzuwa continues to tackle issues affecting society using poetry.

Kadzuwa, who is a widow, has worked on a number of poems speaking for the voiceless, saying poetry has always given her a chance to express herself.

The founder of Mzuzu-based Yathu Windows recently released her new poem titled ‘The Wriggle and the Needle’, which relates life of a worm and a widow.

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“There is a tale of struggles and hardships that widows experience in their day-to-day lives and this prompted me to craft a poem,” she said.

According to Kadzuwa, this is a poem which is in form of a video and is basically an irony of a wriggle (nyongolosi) which, in its creation, does not have a backbone, yet it is the world’s famous engineer as it is in the soil blending food.

She also relates the wriggle’s behaviour to that of a widow, who is voiceless and spineless, with no access to platforms and yet she plays a vital role in making sure that her life and that of others around her keeps going.

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Kadzuwa said the poem is inspired by her own journey.

“I was widowed in 2012 and the experience of moving from a married person to becoming a widow, to be without the cover of a husband, the love and support that you get from your man and, so, from all that I thought of tackling it,” she said.

Kadzuwa has also used her poetry to tackle issues of climate change affecting the society.

“I also have a poem titled ‘Ndinakakhala’ that addresses the plight of a girl-child and then there is another one ‘Akusoka Mphasa’ dedicated to musician Lucius Banda and his two brothers, who were sailing through the hardship of sickness recently,” Kadzuwa said.

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