Ruth Sajonje was born in a village in Chad where she first discovered poetry and did some writing in her early years. Facing female genital mutilation, she was rescued by an American couple and came to reside permanently in the United States. During this very painful time, she continued her studies and read poetry voraciously. She resumed writing poetry and found that both reading and writing poetry became a second salvation for her. After adopting different styles of classic poetry she came to develop her own style and has been sharing her work more widely, making appearances at poetry readings in the New York City and northern New Jersey areas. Her work can be found in Cliterature, Poetry Saved My Life (2014), and other journals and anthologies.
Tangled Up in Pink
Early one morning
the unforgiving sun of the sub-Sahara was shining
and I was lying in bed
wondering if I had changed at all
and they said to me, those who were standing there,
that they had to remove a part of me
a part that had grown secretly all these years.
My pink blossom in the dark woods
had caused a stir in the desert
a stir that rocked the Rock at Mecca
and heralded trouble for me and my family,
my village, my world.
They wanted to take a part of me
a word I did not even know until
they wanted to take it away from me
a part that sprouted only now for me
was soon to be ripped
by the root
a thing I didn’t even know I had.
Far, far away my cries called out
and gentle people rescued me from this cruel fate
from this extirpation, this violation
and brought me to the land where
my pink blossom of the dark woods
may bloom again in peace.