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Renewal by Mosima Phakane

Mosima Phakane | Jul 11th, 2020 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Yesterday’s pain
Shouldn’t linger here any longer
Hang above you like a dark cloud
Pack away the scars they left behind
Burn all the closets with bones
Pulling you in every night
Closing in to your daily routines
Convincing you that ropes and razors
Are your only way out
That these words
Are too big for your lips
Too strong that they weigh you down
These dreams you hold
Too heavy on the shoulders that carry you
You’re allowed to shed a tear
Shed also the parts of you
That causes you pain
That doesn’t want to see you grow
Go tell your past you don’t live there anymore
Offload all that causes you to sink
Release yourself from the chains
That pulls you to your grave

Poet Bio

Mosima Phakane is a Sepedi and English poet and storyteller who has won the Avbob poetry contest in the Sepedi category in 2017. Some of her work has been published in the Sol Plaatjie anthology of 2019, Best African anthology for 2018, I Wish I’d said anthology for 2017 and also for 2018 and on a few online sites including Youtube. She believes in the reading of different materials and writing as many times as possible in order to improve her work.

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