Being surrounded by the ones you love,
you leave behind a legacy
of everlasting sorrow. Your
smile doesn’t compliment a gesture
or two, and you distance yourself
profusely from the ones adorned
by the guardian angel. You feel
free, empowered, like an acolyte
waiting to weave its blessings
upon us. You know nobody
will help you, you know nobody cares,
and that nobody loves you.
Deep inside your closeted secret,
you lash out at your thoughts,
you fight, you throw tantrums
and you roll your dreams
into a mysterious conundrum.
Rishan Singh was the recipient of the 2014 eThekwini Municipality Library Award. He is also the recipient of the Golden Key award for excellent academic accomplishments, awarded to him in 2008. His poetry has been well received locally as well as abroad, and is often praised for its irregularity, which is sometimes poetic, and never rhetoric. During the 2014 awards ceremony held by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Leisure, Parks and Recreation, he was selected into the top 20 entries, and eventually made the top 5, which included South Africans of different socio-economic backgrounds. He received praise for his poetry on many occasions, and was a participant in the Sol Plaatje Poetry Award competition, sponsored by the European Union on 2 occasions. In the United States of America, his fiction writing appears in books, and is often lauded for its creativity, although not entirely poetic.