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Like Father, Like Son by Nkululeko Zondi

Nkululeko Zondi | Apr 30th, 2021 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

(for Elonathemba)

the father, the son and
the son who is born
of the son who mourns
the father ’til the father
blesses the son in
the afterlife with a
son born on the day
he passed the here life
but born eleven years since
the father transitioned this
present life. the father,
the son wishes to thank
the father for the son
for he, too, is now a
father like his father.
like father, like son.

Poet Bio

Nkululeko Zondi was born in Durban and raised in Soweto. His journey in writing started in high school after he realised he was always on top of his class when it came to creative writing. Both an essayist and a poet, he writes predominantly in isiZulu and English. A former undergraduate student of the University of Johannesburg and a graduate of the University of South Africa in Anthropology and Psychology, he has appeared in numerous publications such as The Mail & Guardian, The Star, The Daily Maverick and the Kalahari Literary Review.

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