My First Word Was Daddy by Xabiso Vili

Xabiso Vili | November 12th, 2013 | a poem a day challenge, poetry | No Comments


I tried to speak
to my father today,
tried to build a bridge
between our tongues,
but the salty waters
beneath the spaces between us
are already infected with
the decaying words
that never made it across.

So we sat
in silence,
too scared
of letting another casualty
leave our lips.
Xabiso Vili is a writer, performer and poet obsessed with social development. He has performed in plays and his poetry around South Africa, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Grahamstown and more. He has worked as an assistant teacher and run multiple workshops around poetry and improvisational comedy in Cape Town. He is currently staying in Pretoria and working with various organisations to further the reach and effect of poetry.

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