This Path Isn’t Home by Patience

[tabby title="Poem"] "Burn, Burn, Burn, Rivers burn"She screamed while resurrecting from the fire's smokeVillages are tattooed on her ashen skin and the children of yesterday are crying, "Burn these rivers, burn them, our fathers have drowned in these waters, we...

This is Emptiness by Ntaoleng Patience Labane

[tabby title="Poem"] A belly so empty it roarsLike the desert drowning in its dryness, hungry for the gentle and violent embrace of the ocean, and in its mourning for his lover, he fills his stomach with the lost children of...

Blueberries and a Muffin by Ntaoleng Patience Labane

[tabby title="Poem"] Doubt lingers between these two gardens untamedYes, we have kissed so many times... My tongue rejects any language that isn't yoursWe have devoured each other with such hunger, our bellies grew an acheThat is well and good, but...

Black is no beast by Ntaoleng Patience Labane

[tabby title="Poem"] You can never bury a Black boyHe's made of Earth,Of clayHe's cooked by the sunIt learned to turn him into a black holeNow Black boy swallows starsNothing can appease or sate his hungerNever his fleshNot even his deathHe...

Stars aren’t real by Ntaoleng Patience Labane

[tabby title="Poem"] I told you beforeDreams are for those in slumberYou can't gather fortune under the starsYou eat what you sweatAnd sometimesYou'll eat your black skin tooIt will taste like bitterness passed down from generationsAwaiting someone less broken to exhaleBut...