Indifference by Nkateko Masinga

Nkateko Masinga | May 12th, 2022 | poetry | No Comments


There is a forgotten cabin
where our love once lived.
Weeds punctured the logs
relentlessly, as if evicting
us before it was our time.

We did not uproot them,
just let them grow under
our feet. What a shame.
We should have known
that indifference kills.

Poet Bio

Nkateko Masinga is an award-winning South African writer. She is a 2019 Fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow and a Golden Key Scholar. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018 and her work has received support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Arts Council. In 2019, she co-won the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award. Nkateko is an interviewer and director of the Internship Program at Africa In Dialogue, as well as the founder and managing director of NSUKU Publishing Consultancy. She is the author of a digital chapbook titled ‘the heart is a caged animal’, published by Praxis Magazine. Her latest chapbook, ‘psalm for chrysanthemums’, was selected by the African Poetry Book Fund and Akashic Books to be published in the 2020 New Generation African Poets chapbook box set. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s 2021 International Writing Program (IWP).

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