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Njou addresses various issues within this poem a womans search for true contentment spiritually and culturally a womans liberation from her traditional roles and the problems resulting from cultural conflicts All too often we are fooled into thinking that economic and material goods are what we need to feel fulfilled and content with life This is not the case Prayer of a Modern Woman is about a woman who has an abundance of material wealth but is dissatisfied with life She tries to fill this void within her by trying to keep herself busy It is evident in the following lines looking for something big to occupy me I thirst for this and that I move from club to club looking for a firm base to place my feet Today I join the golf club Tomorrow I move to the tennis club and when I feel too depressed I fly to Mambosa for a swim in the ocean but the more I search for peace the more I get frustrated Despite her attempts shes still unhappy What this woman seeks is not social or economic gain but cultural and spiritual fulfillment Even though she has an abundance of material wealth she is poor in spirit Njou symbolizes this womans emptiness with her marriage It seems her marriage was based upon her husbands social and economic standing my husband is a big boss in a company he is a respectable gentleman at work he is never in the house when I need him if he is not travelling abroad he is in bars every evening to listen as he says to the latest political gossip he tells me a man of his position must know what is going on around him but I doubt this is the reason he frequents the bar Njou shows how her lack of self-fulfillment effects every aspect of her life right down to an empty and loveless marriage that doesnt
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