Galembo by Tia Ritz

Galembo restores order in her dance.
She carries a mask to masquerade all else.
Sacred, her dress travels light around her body
a centrepiece.
Her mask is a prop to maintain and
restore ancient African history.
A diaspora of movement, an embedding
of religious ritual, she is lost in her
own entertainment. She is in search
of nothing but the desire to parade
and escape.
Galembo stops her spirit dance
only to the voice of her children
who argue over a toy cell phone.
The parade transforms into poverty.
Illusion returns to reality.
Galembo removes her mask and
reminds them to be humble.