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Friday, 5 April 2013

Moral Dilemma

Today is market day.
Women have come down
from their remote villages
to their nearest town.
They greet one another
among the busy stalls
but pay scant attention
to the vendors’ calls.
They talk about their lovers
and extol their virility
yet point out the dangers
that go with promiscuity.
The opinion is prevalent
we ought to warn all maids
not to indulge in shenanigans
in case they catch Aids.
It would be so much better
if they could get protection
but they are subjected
to religious objection.
Clerics of different creeds
raise their hands in horror
and declare we shall live
in Sodom or Gomorrah.
So prudence is requested
and also self-control
but, given human nature,
it won’t work at all.

© Luigi Pagano

Religious leaders want ‘Weka Condom Mpangoni’ advert withdrawn

Luigi Pagano is a contributor to Poetry24 and other websites. He has published three poetry collections the latest of which is Poetry On Tap.


  1. It's crazy that contraception is frowned upon...absolutely crazy!

  2. Couldn't agree more. It is when people follow their faith blindly and accept outdated dogmas that one can be excused in thinking that Marx was right in saying that religion is "the opium of the people".

  3. Well done Luigi - and you are correct in that given what human nature is - self control will not work at all. And Marx was right...

    Would have liked to see the ad - from your writing (and that of the article) it appears that women are depicted as the 'guilty' parties...?

    Anna :o]

    1. I haven't seen the ad myself but I understand that it wanted to emphasise the importance of safe sex. The reason in seeking to ban it was that it encouraged promiscuity.
      This article on the BBC News - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21859665 -shows the commercial in question and the message it contains. It doesn't spell out that women are guilty but that they are quite happy to entertain multiple relationship.

  4. A great poem Luigi, highlighting yet another issue for women - here they try to protect themselves but risk the wrath of religious powers.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Carolyn. I agree that it is absolutely immoral to condemn vulnerable people to a possible death in the name of morality.