W.A.R OF WORDS by Mbongeni Khumalo

[tabby title="Poem"] (Writers & Rioters) IPamela... NicholsYou pummel me with wordsAnd yell at meTelling me not to ever call you againAnd yetShed tears over a Valentine's cardNever sentPerfumed in your own sweet scent Lindiwe Mabuza said itYour skin colour is...

COUNTING DARKNESS by Mbongeni Khumalo

[tabby title="Poem"] (16 Days of No Violence Against Pam) I love youBut I'm scared of youI thoughtI might need a friendTo help me stay in love with youWould you beat me upIf I should stop loving you?I need just that...

PRISONERS OF LOVE by Mbongeni Khumalo

[tabby title="Poem"] PRISONERS OF LOVE(for Pamela: 18.10.23) Love is not reasonCold calculating & frozenSweet dreamsAre wet dreamsThese days I carry my heartIn my headEach time I go to bedThe head-ache is inMy chest painsEros pure as an ab-stainP-a-m-e-l-a!You are tall...

24 YEARS AGO(for Benjamin Zephaniah) by Mbongeni Khumalo

[tabby title="Poem"] word sound poems on stageblow-for-blowrhymes racing back on the front pagetwenty four years ago yes i?i & i shone on your shine& we both felt gooddr rasta inna lyrical theatrecome to perform at the amphitheaterrazor sharp linesmemory long...

THE PEOPLE HERE by Mbongeni Khumalo

[tabby title="Poem"] The people here are indifferentEach a faceless mask walking pastWith neither zest nor lust for lifeA crowded cityInhabited by total strangersNo one knows anyone hereI'm completely lostEach passing soul a shuffling ghostNobody knows anybodyAll trapped in a prisonOf...