When he dies by Nkululeko Zondi

Nkululeko Zondi | Aug 26th, 2022 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

When he dies
bury him not
at the graves
and do not call
any of his relations
any of his friends
anyone who knew him

When he dies
do not inconvenience
do not bring discomfort
into people’s lives
by telling them that
a nonentity like him
has passed

When he dies
buy a matchbox
buy a litre of paraffin
and set alight his corpse
then and there

Poet Bio

Nkululeko Zondi is an HIV/Aids Educator at the City of Johannesburg Municipality and an Occupational Journalism student at Fray College of Communications. A former undergraduate student of the University of Johannesburg, he holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of South Africa. He writes poetry and non-fictional prose in both isiZulu and English; and has been published in numerous online literary publications such as Poetry Potion, AVBOB Poetry, Kalahari Review, Fundza.mobi, Aerodrome, Noisemedium, consciousness.co.za among others and anthologies like Dear, South Africa (2015) and Between the Silence: Poetry for Human Rights (2021) as well as various South African newspapers like the Mail & Guardian, the Star, Sowetan, the New Age, Citizen and the Daily Maverick. Zondi recently became the second-prize winner in both AVBOB Poetry’s Ecopoetry mini-competition and AVBOB Poetry’s Family First mini-competition.

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