Sisi’s Egypt, is not an issue
He would be, if USA said so
We’re fine for now- democracy reigns.
Until the tide returns
and the Nile flows the other way
to Jinja, Juba and land of Lalibela.
We are fine for now,
So long Captain Nimitz’s navy,
armada warships and
flotilla fleet faces the other way,
Democracy slumbers, sighs and nods.
Whilst the Nile, unstinting as ever,
feeds orphans, nomads, migrants
and no less vandals, refugees and mercenaries.
Nubia too, Ethiopia, is the problem
For wanting to end the legacy of drought
For daring to damn the Nile
Damn them- these Ethiopians
For wanting to undo
The British Legacy of famine!
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.