Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Tropical-practical-dress replaced by impractical acts to impress.

In the land of my forefathers, to dress as my forefathers may (before customs were remade) has become something of shame.

A heritage I was denied for so long, I searched to belong. But I returned to find an Island getting it wrong.

I paced my uncle’s tropical home in a female’s version of a sarong, a simple act of conscious freedom. Or so I thought.

My act led only to whispers that reached my mother’s ears at home in the west.
And so she called and reprimanded and persisted I wore the pants she packed.
And so I was told, while standing in our ancestral tropical home, to keep playing the shame game.

But there I was, searching for my natal influences and tired of being ashamed.

“Why can’t the customary (before customs were remade) be contemporary?” I thought. I fought.  

But I could not be heard. In a sarong my words held no worth.

Invaded minds can be blind to the subtle ways we despise our ancestral guise. 

And instead we praise our imperial prize.  

And I don't seek to blame, rather I seek to simply reveal this endless game.

These subtle ways we control and patrol one another. 

Tropical-practical-dress replaced by impractical acts to impress.

And I can’t help but see ( though I mostly act to please) the remaining Illusions as a product of a colonial invasion of our imagination.

A continuation of our desire to keep proving our superiority through thoughts we were taught.

And so slowly in dress I embraced this silent inferiority, in hopes of re-birthing creativity - an expression that should not be lost universally. 

( A reflection on my travels to Sri Lanka in the Fall of 2012) 

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