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Teenage survivalNew writing 2021-10-13
"Since day one, I had only one
And I guess it was better than having none
But as the years went by,
He left just like the rest"
AsylumNew writing 2021-09-15
"We did not evolve to be ourselves,
Our consciousness is controlled by chemicals.
Neither the mind, the body, the heart
nor free will belong to us."
SpringNew writing 2021-09-08
"A cherry blossom and rainbow spring awaits
the thawing of the blanket snow
on highlands and Malutis,
to rejuvenate and grow"
AsylumNew writing 2021-09-08
"Our minds are controlled by chemistry
and we are brainwashed by volatility.
We are bombarded by contradicting messages,
lost in our own wretched wilderness."
A language sea in red land: LimpopoNew writing 2021-08-17
"The words were in your eyes, I could see them
rise and crest in your eyes and roll and stretch
and break in hers, leaving her awash."
GargoyleNew writing 2021-07-15
"Now, as I lurk
in sightless nights,
and against the floriferous
beauty of the past"
The last corner of toastNew writing 2021-07-06
"The old fingers shaking a little, determined to hold on,
The piece of toast, clamped securely,
the last of the jam, a bright spot of colour
the old man pauses, delaying his pleasure"
MapsNew writing 2021-06-30
"I followed the footprints,
Jumping to gauge the width,
Through rain and drought-stricken ground,
I followed you."
The Jeppe journeyNew writing 2021-06-22
"Walking through these halls I see
The eyes of old boys look at me
Make us proud they say
You’ll have to find your own way"
Tiny fires that light up the skyNew writing 2021-06-15
"You hold a fist up high – timeless and endless
This is how you proclaim future hope
The gift of reason and tolerance, unequivocally"
Have you ever?New writing 2021-06-15
"Have you ever wondered, what if you were not
This morning, in the body that you got
No longer favourite of your mother
Just an ordinary, someone other"
LamentNew writing 2021-06-09
"yet, in my brain
resides another I:
the beauteous lineaments,
of a long forgotten me"
DaughtersNew writing 2021-06-09
"You are the learners of landscape,
Listeners of the berg wind,
Its strong voice shouting through dark nights"
When the prophet prophesies nonsenseNew writing 2021-05-31
"Papa had pursued the contract with unflinching zeal. It was a government contract that would redirect the wheel of our lives to wealth. Then I woke up one morning and told him that I had seen him crying in my dreams because he had lost the contract. His bloodshot eyes blazed fire, and he ordered me out of his room; that morning, Mama paused breakfast and initiated prayer and fasting for the family."
The departingNew writing 2021-04-29
"Brandish the banners –
bright red as the dying day –
for tonight the old man will wilt
and eerily drift away –"
FatherNew writing 2021-04-07
"I’ll meet you in ten minutes
At Cafe Anton for coffee
You’ll be early as always
Waiting for me"
wearied angelsNew writing 2021-03-03
"I see salt and smoked paprika;
people content with their fortune,
genuine, kind and unpretentious,
like the pot of vegetable soup"
Little handsNew writing 2021-02-18
"A mother’s tears will never clean the stains
From off his shirt, or the shame that’s buried in
Our dirt, deep in the soil; our country’s land
Is poorer now, forevermore, without that
Namib DesertNew writing 2021-02-09
"Waves of dunes continue into the desert
– death traps in the shifting sands.
Here, compass bearings start to waver
and directions become unclear."
YesteryearNew writing 2021-02-08
"The vast open farms of youth,
where horizons were clear
and bush trails led to secret hideouts."