Jamie Dedes – Medium

The literary arts activism community has since been robbed of a selfless ,creative dedicated , resilient literary arts captain and 2019 WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS Laureate Jamie Dedes . A literary arts activism revolutionary , Founding Editor of the BeZine Journal for Arts and Humanities , Founder and Managing Editor of A Poet A Day Zine. Dedes was a staunch advocate of social justice , human freedoms and good governance through poetry and literary arts activism. She was a literary arts partner of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS, Brave Voices Poetry journal . Laureate Jamie Dedes immensely advocated , incessantly influenced and profoundly publicized for the protection and safety of Mbizo Chirasha , Zimbabwean poet in exile. Many of Mbizo Chirashas poems , essays and hybrid writings of his exile life and human justices were wholesomely published onto BeZine and A Poet a Day publications. Through her advocacy the PEN Deauschland offered Mbizo Chirasha a six months Free Speech Scholarship grant in 2020 that helped the resistance poet to continue writing and influence social justice and human freedoms through poetry arts , digital poetry collections and literary arts activism. Dedes was profoundly gifted , resilient , creative and highly spirited. I have decided to write this remembrance message and an eulogy in form of poem below. May your beautiful rest in the warms of the Lord our God Jamie Dedes ( Message by Mbizo CHIRASHA- CoreTeam Member and G Jamie Dedes partner in literary Arts Activism Projects)



When a giant tree falls, thunder echoes in our heart caves

And when our lioness falls, our blood streams throb with a tinker of grief

  And then heavens weep with us

 Poetry   massages our grief wounded hearts

The warm touch of the Almighty bandages our scarred hope

 While God   embrace the beautiful soul yet winged away from us by the eagles of death

 We are sure that beautiful soul will sit next to the Almighty’s golden throne

Singing    poetry for angels and then summon wordsmiths for a heavenly spoken word fringe  

And thus in us peace shall be restored,

Jamie Dedes, your serenading, bold and beautiful versifications sit steadily in our mental boxes.

 Your metaphor incessantly itched rough hands of the devils like leprosy,

Your voice of justice sing tranquility in our hearts still,

Forever we will miss you,

Your satire, prowess, dexterity have planted baobabs in our mental pastures

And can never be uprooted.

We supplicate to the power above to build you a   holy poetry café and that you remain a singer of verses, proverbs and psalms

 As you sleep your sleep in harmony   knowing poets shall forever speak poetry on this clay earth and inside the chambers of the holy heavens.

 I write this epitaph to you with a sandy heavy heart,

 Though something is telling that I must not   drench your sleep with tears of grief,

 You was a great soul and forever you are and you will be

It is raining today, angels of rain decided to mourn your sudden departure with me

And all others in the literary arts revolutionary wagon,

 Trendsetters and heroines they do not die, they are pioneers to sculpture as always pathways both on earth and heaven,

 We shall forever follow your footsteps

 And erect your statue of resilience in our minds

We summon editors, wordsmith, readers and poets to carve a eulogy for your resistance

Sleep well revolutionary sister

Rest in my peace my resilient comrade

Sleep well soul of resistance

We shall forever   plant acres of words on canvas, lampposts, headlines and internet templates to fulfil your legendary wishes

 Sleep well beautiful soul of resilience

Sleep well bold spirit of resistance

Till we meet again in the house, God built for us and we shall summon poets from all corners for a poetry reading, Again we shall not sleep tonight before we read a poem.

Sleep well words commandant

Sleep well poetry captain

Sleep well literary arts revolutionary G Jamie Dedes

Sleep well Poet laureate

By Mbizo Chirasha, Your revolutionary brother in literary arts activism

Poet and Core- Team Member for Bezine Journal.Unesco- Rila Affiliate Artist

Poet in Residence of the Fictional Cafe. Author of A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT

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