Limerick: Once A Woman-Cleanser In Malawi - Poem by T Wignesan
for Seodi White
Once (a) Woman-Cleanser* in Malawi
Insisted (on) being paid double fee
The dead man made certain
Left gift (on) this side (of) curtain
Now Cleanser on (the) dole with H.I.V.
• The 'Woman-Cleanser' is a Malawian professional
'intermediate husband' of widows imposed on women
who cannot - under the laws of Malawi - own anything
legally, EVEN their bodies. The Woman-Cleanser sleeps
with widows for a fee ($50/-) in order to prevent widows
and future husbands - from being polluted by the dead
This limerick dramatises facts divulged in a CNN interview with
valorous women-rights lawyer: Seodi WHITE on March 17,2013.
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