For Matlhomola Mosweu
Though we named you, Matlhomola
afflictions of our world,
We wished a future for you too.
Life is a flower under the sun
To live, to grow and flourish,
Plants require sunlight,
A vital ingredient nourishment
And the green trade-mark of leaves-
In Coligny a life equals sunflower
A sunflower for life
And a life for a sunflower.
Makhanda Senzangakhona is the nome de guerre and pen name for Paul Oupa Serekele Ramachela. The author has retained the use of both names because he does not wish to be lost to his comrades nor become an alien to his family, and relations. Previously published poems, short stories and other narratives have appeared in the following publications, amongst others, Staff Rider, Rixaka, Mayibuye, and Mrabulo. The author has served in various roles in and outside SA; until recently he was a senior public servant.