Traps of Tradition #whatdoyousee

Many of us are born into some kind of tradition.
Taught a certain way of life.
Be it the street gangster code,
Or the old cultural rituals,
The nuclear family innovations,
Or a religious upbringing
Each of us is born into a particular set of rules
Some will come to love these teachings,
But others,
try as they may,
Will never feel at home,
in their home traditions.

#whatdoyousee photo prompt

I see a modern girl in an ancient world
Tired of long cloaks dyed with modesty
Of being draped head to toe in inhibitions
And left to envy the freedom of the morning mists.
Humility is oppressed upon her by men and women alike
Her eyes forced down everywhere she goes
But Oh, how she longs!
To gaze upon the mountain peaks
To climb up the willow tree
And dance in the verdant garden shades
Oh how she craves!
To free her pale arms and legs
To feel the caress of an evening breeze
And the kiss of a morning sun
Oh how she imagines!
Choosing the one she loves
Free as picking a favourite star in the vast night sky
Or a daisy in the meadow.

And so, one day she dawns a bold dress of determination
Kicks on her leather booted dreams
And struts to the freedom of self discovery
Into the lush forests of empowerment.

One day
She will return
And bring enlightenment
To those so much like her.

ยฉ judeitakali


Sadje’s whatdoyousee photo-prompt captioning the first photo, inspired me to write this.
I’d love to know what you think, or feel, or wish to share about this piece.

Stay safe everyone,
Stay loving.

P.S Been having a rather eventful January so I’m so behind on reading, but I’m working things out, don’t give up on me yet, lol.

76 Comments Add yours

  1. memadtwo says:

    We don’t always fit into our worlds. Finding the balance is a challenge– how can you be yourself without falling off the cliff? (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah, that’s the ticket right there.๐Ÿค”

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  2. -Eugenia says:

    Your take on the prompt beautifully expressed, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        Most welcome!

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  3. Bulbul says:

    Amazing take, Jude! I absolutely agree with your view, and I love what you see in that photo. โคโค

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Bubble. I’m happy this earned your appreciation. I’m scared when writing these, being a dude.

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      1. Bulbul says:

        Hmm…nowadays, it has become very easy to offend to people around without intently meaning to. But, you did a great job! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™Œ

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Thank you dear Bubble โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’“

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  4. PoojaG says:

    “One day
    She will return
    And bring enlightenment
    To those so much like her.”
    I loved that so much! Hope your January gets a little less busy soon!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hi Pooja. We just concluded our presidential elections this weekend. The govt yswitched the internet off from 13th to 18th. It has been excruciatingly frustrating.y

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      1. PoojaG says:

        Yeah I heard about that from some family I have in Kampala. I’m glad the internet is back now though.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        I’m just angry still, mostly. But alas, ours is a modern dictatorship ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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      3. PoojaG says:

        Yeah I’ve learnt a lot about the political situation there and it’s very complicated to say the least. Unfortunately a lot of countries are like that. Kenya definitely has it’s issues too.

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      4. judeitakali says:

        Fortunately we have identified the issues, named them, and are fighting against what we have to fight against.
        I think that’s the burden of all generations.

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  5. DiosRaw says:

    Great work. If you’d like to guest post for diosraw.com feel free to go to this blog’s connect page. ๐Ÿ–ค

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you. Much appreciated, I’ll check it out ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

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  6. HappySoul says:

    Wow this is a great poem Jude! Tradition is such sometimes we feel trapped … but sometimes following it gives comfort!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ru. Astutely phrased.๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿงก

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      1. HappySoul says:

        ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ™Œ

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  7. #WriTeller says:

    Beautiful ๐Ÿ’

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

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  8. Akriti Jain says:

    Your poetry is beautiful Jude ! Every women will relate to it and so do I… Traditions like these become oppression after a while…

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you appreciate and agree ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

      Like

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