GODFATHER (for Monnapula Mattera) by Mbongeni Khumalo

Mbongeni Khumalo | March 24th, 2023 | poetry | No Comments

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He came on Sobukwe Day
And left on Mandela Day

Wild Sicilian fashionista
In Brentwood and Florsheim shoes
A desert fruit
Native dandy speak-n-span
Born cesarean
Flawless Caesar perfect to a fault
Crimson memories jabbering to a halt
One-two-three
The taking of Parlemo

Dancing tarantella in a musical rocking chair
Life is a movie
Unfolding on silver screens at Sun Saucy
Kliptown Eldos
Our little City of Gold
Hopes and aspirations put on hold
Getty Street bard
Of Mind Heart & Soul cremation
Sharpened memories sprouting at Coronation
Shaped in mud

Timer… I cannot say you left
Before time
Trains wait for no one

In Rome
Do as the Romans do

Forgive them Father

*Inspired by the pioneering work of Father Trevor Huddleston’s African Children’s Feeding Scheme

Poet Bio

Author of the poetry collection apocrypha

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