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Featured Poem: Ma, ek ko huis toe by Toni Stuart

Toni Stuart | April 10th, 2018 | featured poem, poetry | No Comments

Poem

Ma,

ek ko huis toe

daai berg wat blou

oor ons stad le,

roep my;

in ie donke ure van ie nag

sy stem

praat my ore sag

en ie lied van ie suid-oos wind maak

lawaai in

my lee mag

 

Ma,

ek ko huis toe

my hart is vol van verlange

en ie trane wat soos klippe

oor my wange loop

le hard en swaar op my bors

en maak ie asemhaal moeilik

 

Ek mis

ie see

en ie ruik van sout

wat voor ons voordeur le

op ‘n somer oggend

geswel met ie hitte

 

ek mis ie tonge en taal

van my mense

en hul stemme

wat plat oor ie woorde val

 

die vel onder my voete is afgeskeur

van ander lande

se paaie en ander mense

se pein

deurloop

 

die bloed in my are

klop aan ‘n ritme

wat ek in hierdie groen land ie vind ie

 

Ma,

ek ko huis toe

daai berg wat blou

oor ons stad le,

roep my;

in ie donke ure van ie nag

sy stem

praat my ore sag

en ie lied van ie suid-oos wind maak

lawaai in

my lee mag

 

Ma,

ek ko huis toe

die grote wereld se tyd is verby

en ek wil weereens le

langs

jou sy

English Translation(by Mike Dickman)

Ma,

I’m coming home

that mountain towering

over our city like a blue hue,

beckons

in the molasses folds of midnight

his voice

softens the folds of my ears

and the south-easter

sings in b-flat

as it winds through my empty heart

 

Ma,

I’m coming home

my heart overflows with yearning

and the tears roll down my cheeks

like rocks

and stifles the breath in my lungs

 

I miss

the sea

and the smell of salt

that finds its way to our front door

on summer morning’s

swollen with heat

 

I miss the voices and words

of my people

and the way their tongues

hold words in their mouths: flat and rough then sometimes flat

and smooth

 

I have walked through the skin

on the soles of my feet

winding through another country’s streets

another people’s pain

 

the blood in my veins

beats to a rhythm

I cannot find in this green land

 

Ma,

I’m coming home

it’s time to leave the world behind

now it’s you who

I want to lay

beside

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