She May Be A Filly

She may be a filly
but there is nothing
feminine about her

She may be a filly
post-Saartjie Baartman
post-apartheid’s pencil test
and virginity testing too

She may be a filly
girls do pink boys do
as expected here

She may be a filly
a horse running
apparently, in a race
(with a jockey mounted)

Just when I thought
gender-stereotyping like
we do in our own image
out darkest Africa-way

“Bookies scent defeat for champ” before a horse-race, believe it or not! (Cape Argus, January 7 2011, “The Racegoer” section, page 21).

- David Kapp,


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