Emptying Self by Tshepo Molefe

Tshepo Molefe | Mar 29th, 2023 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

When you’ve drank every drop
the Night offers,
the sunrise will expose your ex
perched on the duct of your tears.

Your hangover spills all the tea
of your shame-filled night.
Tells the world how your ex
appeared more vividly in each sip.
How her image reflected in each bottle
of your favourite bar.

Last night lays stale on your tongue.
Your exhales proclaims your undying love
for her
& your attempt to exorcise her scent.
Your persistence in emptying yourself
of her
brings you back to the bar counter.

This is how you spill into another Night.

Poet Bio

Tshepo Molefe (pronouns: he/his/him) is a multi-award-winning performance poet and copywriter. With a career spanning over seven years, Molefe has graced many stages around Gauteng and has been published in numerous publications.

Some of Molefe’s career highlights include being published on the 7th edition of the Sol Plaatje anthology, winning the 2017 WordnSound Poetry league, publishing his debut poetry anthology, The Brown Bottle series, and performing his one-man poetry play at the Joburg Theatre.

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