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An Ode To My Could Have Beens by K.I.N.G Cedric

K.I.N.G Cedric | Jun 6th, 2021 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

To my sweet yesterday:
You could have told me
How excruciating growth would be

How the change from water
To wine is not all it seems, there are
Grapes who lose their innocence in-between

Trading triumph for trauma
With decadent promises that
It is character molding

All for a bigger cause?
Cause you wanted out?
Cause you were tired?

Cause it is not accepting defeat
Just letting go of an obvious
Dead end?

Was I not worthy of guidance?
And the golden path to
Heaven’s wisdom?

Is said wisdom attained
By being drained by
This prison

You say is of my own making
Life is what not what happens to me is it?
It is my attitude towards it

My love you have got to be kidding
When we let this slide, we carried
Living organisms

To limbo graves, what we
Were meant to be, has not died
And it begs to move forward

Constantly carving reminders
Craving to cuddle with completion
Constantly crying I am bothered

At the chapters I will churn out to my children
When they ask, “Father, what is the origin
Story of you being a cynic?”

I am supposed to teach them resilience
How do I teach it when I was not
Made in its image?

You should have told me
“Keep building even when
I am not living, keep building

With refused stones
They will shelter you
From the critics”
And here lies a hypocrite
Newfound joy is the district
Yesterday built a home in
While I am left with the pieces

You left me to give in
To defeat and I did it
In giving up I was reborn
To a life where surrender’s a fatal decision

I chose to start over
Placing myself on the pivot
I chose to start bolder
Only giving up on these clinking…chains.

Poet Bio

Born Malibongwe Sicelo Cedric Dladla K.I.N.G Cedric is a Poet, Independent Creative Journalist, and community practioner. With a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Sociology) Degree, Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certificate with Google Skills for Africa his newfound lease on poetry follow 14 years of informal nurturing is rested upon following all of his spiritual callings one stanza at a time. K.I.N.G Cedric has performed at the Pietermaritzburg Poetry Festival, Cup ‘O Thought, Tree of Poetry, CSP Poetry Slams (Durban Edition), UKZN (Howard and Pietermaritzburg Colleges), The Backyard Arts Session, The Live Experience in association with 95 Photography and most recently, Bloom SA (Launch Event). Mr Dladla’s Profession include NPO work with Bloom SA and Tutoring, Career Guidance and Mentorship with Great Thinkers Tutoring School.

Social Media Information
Twitter: @KINGCedric95
Instagram: @KINGCedric95
Facebook: @KINGCedric95

Streaming Platforms
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg8Ury-pBR6CSGBNnr0yl4g
Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/kingcedric95
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/king-cedric-dladla

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