Losing parts by Salimah Valiani

Salimah Valiani | Apr 12th, 2022 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Losing parts

the Gestapo went door-to-door
looking for the yellow star

I wonder sometimes if anyone tried rallying
everyone
to wear one

as SAPS goes door-to-door
testing for words in isiZulu

like Inkatha in Boipatong ’92

it reminds me of a Shona friend’s resentment years ago
that the Ndebele in Jozi can pass

and I know how divided we still are

Poet Bio

Salimah Valiani is a poet, activist and researcher. Her latest poetry collection is 29 leads to love (Inanna, 2021).

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