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How my grandfather drowned his dreams by Siphiwe Hlongwane

[tabby title="Poem"] My grandfather drowns his dreams insideA tin full of sorghum beer He is ashamed and curses themFor selling him falls hope His tired soft leather like black skin isA history book cover Born into a generation that wasForbidden...

The Awakening by Siphiwe Hlongwane

[tabby title="Poem"] During the awakeningWhen young womenFolded their gravesBack to earthReclaiming their fleshAnd bones from the weeping soil,Bitter old menWere busy killing the sunlightAnd hiding the moonUnder the weight of their sinsThinking God doesn't knowWho drank the bloodOf our little...

Preparing The Salt Siphiwe Hlongwane

[tabby title="Poem"] I can count all my hairIn one handToo fewLike these tastelessWords trappedUnder my tongueA poet's wishlistOf things to say,So now I am preparingThe saltTo make these thoughts edibleBefore they leave my mouthTo become a poemOn someone's table. [tabby...

Untitled by Siphiwe Hlongwane

[tabby title="Poem"] During the lightOf the nightWe hide underThe moons' shade,We dare not toMove becauseThe stars haveEyes too,A sign of ourPresence mightShake the skyOpen with lightningAnd renderUs blind,The spark onGod's faceIs too bright forOur heathen eyes,So we waitFor the sunTo...

Listening to my mother lie by Siphiwe Hlongwane

[tabby title="Poem"] Listening to my mother lie,Singing all is well, butThe truth of herPain is neatly hiddenUnderneath the pagesOf her favouriteBible verses.Her blind faithIs a testimonyShe wears a smileLike herChurch uniformOn Sundays,But within sheIs breaking Her back carrying aHeavy cross,Ready...