The storm clouds gather on the horizon,
A warning of the troubles yet to come.
A time of hardship, a time of pain,
A test of will, a test of strength to sustain.
With heads held high, we’ll face the fray,
Though fear and doubt may come our way.
For in the end, we’ll rise above,
The pending difficult times we must face ahead.
Thato Tshukudu is the national winner of the 2017 Poetry in McGregor competition and is one out of the sixty-three South African poets selected for publication in Volume 8 of the Sol Plaatje European Union Anthology. He has international features in the Better Than Starbucks literary magazine and the 2016 and 2017 Best New African Poets anthologies. His work was selected for publication in Douglas-Reid Skinner’s September 2018 special edition of the Stanzas poetry magazine and in the 2017 anthology of the Avbob Poetry Competition. He is the second South African writer to be featured in Ghana Writes’ Guest Writer of the Week project. He was also one of the top four finalists in Whisper Poetry’s 2019 International Poetry Competition.