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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...

Echoes of Malombo by Makhanda Senzangakhona

[tabby title="Poem"] Pule, you whom we namedafter the rainWe equated youwith echoes of melody,Ntjilo-Ntjilo. Purple blossomViolet scent and"Scarlet song".In bloom,Jacaranda reminds meOf "April in Peli",Your melancholic songor poem.Once, in another time,they said you were "lost".till found, by a news 'hound"So...