A firefly at the communion table by Nkateko Masinga

Nkateko Masinga | December 20th, 2023 | a poem a day challenge | No Comments

Poet Bio

I acknowledge that I am no martyr
I falter through the Our Father
I remember clearly the cracked cadaver
I dissected. The man had a name

once. Then, only a tag on his foot—
barcoded property of the institution

I acknowledge that I am no hero
I threaten the throat of memory
with this admission: I almost died
in medical school. I had a name

too. Then, only debt and illness—
labelled property of the institution.

I acknowledge that I am no saint
I take the silver. I give the kisses

I flutter for a chance at living;
a firefly at the communion table

Poet Bio

Nkateko Masinga is an award-winning South African writer whose poetry has been translated into French, Bengali and Tamil. Her next poetry book, ‘Daughter Wound’, will be published by Hazel Press in 2024.

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