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Down, But Not Out by Makhanda Senzangakhona

[tabby title="Poem"] Belly up orFace downin this sweltering asphalt lavaBetween rock bottomOf the gaping volcanic pitAnd yawning dome aboveNone is without the otherIf what's up dare descendThose already downCan only rise Amidst nagging silencesAnd whispering sirensof sprouting avariceA descent into...

After the Night: Our Day is Due by Makhanda Senzangakhona

[tabby title="Poem"] RebornAgainAcross the riverHome once moreStrangers in nativityThe most familiar placeStomping ground of the godsHad I known what I now knowWhy would I waste my daysIn Babylon of captivity?When all I needed doingWas stowawayand crawl againBack into the wombAnd...

A Longing of Home: The Homeless Trinity by Makhanda Senzangakhona

[tabby title="Poem"] For a roof over our headsAnd a blanket for our nightmaresPavements for our pillowsFrom refuse bins our daily dietDwellers of the streetSame in addressEqual in our ragsSiblings of necessityStill we strive between usFor a morsel of senkgwacrumbled chips...andflesh...

Matriarch Heart by Makhanda Senzangakhona

[tabby title="Poem"] Matriarch Heart A mother to manyA heart close to noneA fortress for fugitivesThrust between exiles' flightand pangs of dawn's advanceYou endured undeterred-The unsung asylumShielding the broodFrom ever hovering hawksDrooling at scent of prey.Our abiding sentinelOf the lingering smileStill...

Awaiting Resurrection by Makhanda Senzangakhona

[tabby title="Poem"] Before our eyes,Under our watch:Taken,against your will,So rape is named!Of you,our daughter.yesterday was your mother,and your sister -last year. Today, in the court's glareYour soul stand barearraigned again-Now before the world-as though once wasn’t enough! Once alone, in...