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Before dawn by Retshepisitswe Makhatha

Retshepisitswe Makhatha | November 17th, 2017 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

The Ouroboros,
with a stretched mouth
devours the remnants
of a burnt out sun
Anarchy descends upon
blacked out miles
and shades are half drawn over
blacked out eyes

The light
stopped flickering
it did not fade out
this is not the silver screen
Life is just snuffed out

idle hands crush the larynx
of flesh-wrapped
candles
they break the wick
and wax drips like mannequin tears

Poet Bio

Retshepisitswe ‘Tshepi’ Makhatha was born in Umtata, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He matriculated from St. Peter’s College in 2009 and graduated from Rhodes University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Psychology. He currently lives in Johannesburg and has been published in Poetry Potion’s 10th print edition titled ‘This Woman Is…’ His poetry has also been published in The Kalahari Review and Praxis Magazine Online.

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