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Menacing Crossings by Makhanda Senzangakhona

Makhanda Senzangakhona | Jan 5th, 2019 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

“Atlantic Middle-Passage”
Amidst sharks’ jaws-
Human and marine-alike
“Mediterranean journeys”
Mealed within crocodiles’ bellies,
Children of migration
Matlola terata
Mikimbisi and baphaphathehi
refugees, fugitives, fatalities and survivors
Of vultures and hirelings’ raids
Of no address, and “particular origins ”
Dug out dwellers, deep under the earth
Cooking storm, brewing resolve
beseeching, yet denying surrender,
Evoking the past, chanting the present
And hailing the hoped for future
Till death do us part!
Tomorrow can only be better
Today is behind.
Tomorrow is now-with us
No more fences-please, walls, makwerekwere and borders
Of mind, sight and ears.
Afrika, be home for your own-
And the world you birthed-
This time, may the terms be
Your Own.

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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