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Echoes of Malombo by Makhanda Senzangakhona

Quaz | Apr 7th, 2019 | poetry | 1 Comment

Poem

Pule, you whom we named
after the rain
We equated you
with echoes of melody,
Ntjilo-Ntjilo.

Purple blossom
Violet scent and
“Scarlet song”.
In bloom,
Jacaranda reminds me
Of “April in Peli”,
Your melancholic song
or poem.
Once, in another time,
they said you were “lost”.
till found, by a news ‘hound”
So we are told,
In the, then, dungeons on the land.
After enduring exacting exile
Home you came- back-with the living
Now you are gone again-
this time, with unknown whereabouts.
And seemingly no return.
I still see you every-time
in every jacaranda leaf

Poet Bio

Makhanda Senzangakhona is the nome de guerre and pen name for Paul Oupa Serekele Ramachela. The author has retained the use of both names because he does not wish to be lost to his comrades nor become an alien to his family, and relations. Previously published poems, short stories and other narratives have appeared in the following publications, amongst others, Staff Rider, Rixaka, Mayibuye, Mrabulo and Black Letter Media-Poetrypotion. 
The author has served in various roles in and outside SA; until recently he was a senior public servant.

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