Here Today by Salimah Valiani

Salimah Valiani | Jun 14th, 2020 | poetry | No Comments


I’ve been swift and demanding

Asking you to

love your neighbours through

save and ration — stop assuming

make things usually made for you

do things usually done for you

sprout time rather than
devouring it

reach for those on the other side of
your screen

imbibe art of the world now opening
to the world

reimagine all that you have
in face of all who don’t

amplify the shapes merging in the shadows

unite in ways
little tried.

Poet Bio

SALIMAH VALIANI is a poet, researcher and activist. She has published four collections of poetry. Her latest book is Dear South Africa, a poem-story published in the Praxis Magazine Online 2019-2020 Poetry Chapbook Series.

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