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Reflections (1991-05-14) by Makhanda Senzangakhona

Makhanda Senzangakhona | Oct 6th, 2018 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Lament we know,
Battle too!
Of torn limbs
And severed life
Loss we’ve felt.
Of fallen fighters and friends.
Hunger has escorted us,
Without reprieve for days,
Tripping our bowels
Through untamed terrains
With laughter deserted lips.
We smiled-
A smile without mirth.
Alien was despair
In our contemplation.
Absent was remorse
In our feelings.
Weakness we had-
But never surrender.
For fighters we were
Of necessity!
Familiar we are
To strangers’ tongues
tamed to our March
And what brothers –
Sisters too-
they turned out to be,
And walked the road with us
And lighter felt the journey
Of our relentless yearning!

Poet Bio

Makhanda Senzangakhona is the nome de guerre and pen name for Paul Oupa Serekele Ramachela. The author has retained the use of both names because he does not wish to be lost to his comrades nor become an alien to his family, and relations. Previously published poems, short stories and other narratives have appeared in the following publications, amongst others, Staff Rider, Rixaka, Mayibuye, Mrabulo and Black Letter Media-Poetrypotion.
The author has served in various roles in and outside SA; until recently he was a senior public servant.

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