I gaze upon an island once so beautiful every heart leapt at its sight. Until it bore an injustice so deep its waters remain stained to this very day, salted with the tears of bereavement. In windless moments the water still ripples, echoing wails of forsaken souls and unborn descendants. Boats float empty. No one will go there. None will fish those waters. For a curse lies upon that ugly beauty. A curse that infects my soul with anger. And I dare not go there myself, except to kneel at those shores, and weep for those long taken.
rift valley island
dreaded land of punishment
souls lost, souls unborn
pregnant girls out of wed-lock
cast aside to die alone
May yee descendants curse your fathers’ sins, and weep their repentance. Weep as countless girls once did. Weep for a better world.
winds of change billow
yet memory stays the same
where once was pain, now regret
grown in wisdom, grown in choice
Akampene Island, more commonly known as Punishment Island, is located on Lake Bunyonyi in the south-western region of my home country Uganda. Like all rift valley lakes, its waters are salty. The beauty surrounding it is breathtaking, but for this one particular island defiled by man.
The feature image(at the top) is of lake bunyonyi, on which punishment island is located. It is officially the 2nd deepest lake in Africa. Distressingly, punishment island is in the deepest part of the lake.
Stay safe everyone, stay loving.