December 2, 2013 | by Shafinaaz
Drug of choice

Confess this precious delusion.
Take a drug of choice
And turn it into crystal meth
Acid on my tongue or
Something purely sinister that burns nasal passages,
Makes my head spin on
Many kaleidoscopes
Beyond reason.

The need to know
And often to be known
Is the only drug
That ends it all
When the time has come
To say it like it is
And play it like it’s over
And then to know
That knowing is not
Any sane knowledge.

Shafinaaz Hassim is a sociologist based in Johannesburg. She is the author of Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion -- A South African Perspective (2007), Memoirs for Kimya (2009), and the critically acclaimed novel on domestic violence SoPhia (2012). She is also the editor of the Belly of Fire anthologies for social change series, which was launched in 2011. Her research focuses on biographical narrative in the interplay between personal and political spaces and she writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has lectured and presented seminars at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. - See more at: http://shafinaaz.co.za/category/gender/#sthash.wLoHxRN1.dpuf

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About Shafinaaz

Shafinaaz Hassim is a sociologist based in Johannesburg. She is the author of Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion -- A South African Perspective (2007), Memoirs for Kimya (2009), and the critically acclaimed novel on domestic violence SoPhia (2012). She is also the editor of the Belly of Fire anthologies for social change series, which was launched in 2011. Her research focuses on biographical narrative in the interplay between personal and political spaces and she writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has lectured and presented seminars at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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