A Firefly With Angel Wings by Nkateko Masinga

Nkateko Masinga | December 11th, 2023 | poetry | 1 Comment

Poem

swept up in the wonder of flight,
as ignorant as Icarus must have been
to wax and feathers’ inadequacies
against the sky’s fire-in-residence,

I burned and fell.

there was no shame in watching
my makeshift wings melt —

only the pain of peeling,
of merging with my mistake
so permanently,
of being so irrevocably ruined:

doomed to hell.

will you make me a myth in your mind?
a cautionary tale about the cauldron
of uninhibited desire?

make me small and immortal:

a firefly with angel wings.

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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