She dances like there is petroleum in her coxa
to random men in the street who want to buy her.
I hide all my shameful habits in a crystal figurine
I leave in the sitting room for strangers to see.
At night we shiver, we set our matchboxes on fire,
suck on bulbi with smoking palsy lips – we claim life.
Sometimes when I am alone, I crawl to the sitting room.
My beautiful figurine on the floor, I tell you to dance.
My name is Tumello Motabola, I am 19, I enjoy poetry (obviously) I enjoy Clifton Gachagua, Czeslaw Milosz and Mongane wally Serote. I enjoy the kind of poetry does not necessarily place meaning or much emphasis in the words so much as emotion. I guess its something semi-prose but still structured. Clifton Gachagua has mastered that. I am from Lesotho..which is technically in South Africa! I am young and I am learning and writing and will definitely still be writing in the future.