With leaves as dark as midnight skies,
It stands alone, without allies,
A bitter taste upon the tongue,
A curse upon the land, unspun.
But in the shadows of the night,
It grows, a silent, secret blight,
A poison in the earth below,
A cancer that will not let go.
So let the cabbage rot in ground,
And let its leaves turn brown,
For it is a thing of death and woe,
A curse upon the land, a bitter foe.
Thato Tshukudu is the national winner of the 2017 Poetry in McGregor competition and is one out of the sixty-three South African poets selected for publication in Volume 8 of the Sol Plaatje European Union Anthology. He has international features in the Better Than Starbucks literary magazine and the 2016 and 2017 Best New African Poets anthologies. His work was selected for publication in Douglas-Reid Skinner’s September 2018 special edition of the Stanzas poetry magazine and in the 2017 anthology of the Avbob Poetry Competition. He is the second South African writer to be featured in Ghana Writes’ Guest Writer of the Week project. He was also one of the top four finalists in Whisper Poetry’s 2019 International Poetry Competition.