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Eating: In our Name & On Our Behalf! by Makhanda Senzangakhona

Makhanda Senzangakhona | October 29th, 2018 | poetry | No Comments

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Makgogorwana. Mafikizolo. Milkpens. Nat agter die ore! Impostors. Pretenders to the throne. Magana go buswa. Bo sebaka bo-rena. Bo-Mmakaepeya!

What more do you want?
Of one who endows you
With life, breastfed & embraced
Before your banked abuse
Of their bestowed trust, nurture and sacrifice.
And you call it love!
Even vipers, mambas and mekopa must
suckle somewhere,
Once born.
Toxic as the milk may taste,
They survive to poison generations
Whilst they thrive,
Another species in the universe,
Making all the difference
In the shades of skunks,
Con artists, fake priests,
and bureaucrats insuring stomachs,
appetites and votes in the name of posterity
Yet without water flowing to the constituency
And morsel of pap in the pot
Of mkhukhu, village nor township
What more, do you want?

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