hErSsence by Ntaoleng Labane

Ntaoleng Labane | July 3rd, 2020 | poetry | 1 Comment


She used to be the punchline
To a sad joke
Now she’s learning to be a short poem
In an anthology of mysterious words
She dreams of being a movie one day
To release people’s dreams through her gifts
Today she’s still the beginning of her poem
Deciding whether it should be about love or death
To her, both have grown so similar
It was almost difficult to tell them apart
One would reckon they’d be an unprecedented pair
But she knows
She is shedding her grief
Like a thick layer of unforgiveness tattooed on hard skin
She is rewriting her lines
Hoping to turn that poem into her movie
One day
One day she will be loved by all

Poet Bio

Ntaoleng Patience Labane is a poet from the Free State where she was born and raised. She is a writer, a performer and a blogger. She also dabbles in visual artistry, design and music. She has had the privilege of sharing a stage with the most amazing artists including Siphokazi Jonas, Emma Mabye, Hape Mokhele, Maleshoane Ladybird, Hope Netshivhambe, Abuti Gemere (Jonathan Lefenya) and so forth. Ntaoleng lives for poetry.

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1 thought on “hErSsence by Ntaoleng Labane”

  1. Skin deep. Raw. Branded as of scars stemming from red furnace irons. These your tattoes, our tattoes, Ntaoleng

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