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I wish I’d said by Nkululeko Zondi

Nkululeko Zondi | Dec 11th, 2021 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

i wish i’d said the things
i felt at the time of our
parting

You said i should learn
to express my feelings
but you never taught me
how

You also did not know
how to express yours
at least to me unless
it was rage

i wish i’d said that i
knew we were parting
for good despite your
stoicism

You said i should learn
to express myself but
you also said i should
know my place

My place is that which
i find myself in now

My place is that of
wishful thinking

Poet Bio

Nkululeko Zondi is an HIV/Aids Educator at the City of Johannesburg Municipality, he was born in Durban and grew up in Soweto, Johannesburg. A former University of Johannesburg student, he holds a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of South Africa. He writes poetry and prose in both isiZulu and English; and has been published in numerous literary platforms and anthologies as well as various South African newspapers.

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