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Notional ekphrasis for my unborn daughter by Nkateko Masinga

Quaz | Jan 27th, 2019 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

what the world needs
and is yet to see –
is peace –
on your face
when you are asleep

love –
on your face
when you look at me

hope –
on your face when you ask
when daddy is coming home

forgiveness –
on your face when you realise
it’s just you and me
against a world
i brought you in to save

what the world needs –

what it has
tried to buy
and failed

what it has
killed to have
and has not

is you –
a fragile thing
yet to be born.

Poet Bio

Nkateko Masinga is a poet and 2019 writer-in-residence at the Ebedi International Writers Residency.

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