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Post-Election by Nkwana Joshua

[tabby title="Poem"] just like yesterdaythe ink on my thumbvanishedtogether with manifestosthe crossed ballot papershad grown into statistics;they say –who won, who lost,who gained and who dropped,but none says"who delivers".they all blink eyes and move onas if they've grown wings by...

Grief by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] Grief:a breathless thief.A fist around the heart,forbidding relief.Grief:dances in a grey veil,of dull midwinter mornings,to cull hours,and days,to experience loss,in a myriad of ways.Grief:a careless ghoul,of constant persistence.Grief:again. Again.We never get used to loss.We never get used to...

What no one told me about love by Busisiwe Mahlangu

[tabby title="Poem"] All the men I’ve been with have said I love you with their dirty hands digging into my nest. They’ve soiled the leaves and made all the building a mockery. And I danced over the mess they made,...

Romance At Golgotha by Loic Ekinga

[tabby title="Poem"] Be thereWhen my comfort willBe measured in pieces of silverWhen my skin will crawlUnder my mother's breathBe there.Be there when they crucify meWhen my dank body will droopAbove the twelve glaring eyesOf the lost sonsWho will lash me...

Cushions and Shields by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] My Mother's breathPleads in guttural tonesAs weeping watersMeet disintegrating dreamsIn a sludgeConstricting Twelve glaring eyesTwelve haughty naresHold icy judgementExhaling societal maleficenceLike snowflakesSmothering We are the lost sons and daughtersOf sacrificeOf sleepless nightsOf labor painsBirthing high hopesSlowlyFaltering YetIf you...