Isidalwa Esisha

Nozipho Madlala

Ngivumeleni ngizazise kabusha

Ngivumeleni nginazize kabusha

Ukuthi ngingubani

Ukuthi ngize ngani

Ngivumeleni ngenze kabusha

Ngikhulume into entsha

Ngiqhubeke ngibonge umusa

Ngibonge ukuhlwa nokusa

Ukulala nokuvuka

Ngibonge ukwenziwa musha

Ngakho ke,

Ngivumeleni ngizazise kabusha


Nginyathela ngonyawo ulusha

Ngiyakhula, ngiyanyakaza

Ngiyakha, ngiyakhuthaza

Ngivuleleni indawo

Yokwanda, yokuzindla

Yokuthanda, yokuphila

Ngibona ngeso elisha

Ngifunda imihla nemihla

Ngizelwe kabusha

Ngakho ke,

Ngivumeleni ngizazise kabusha


Ngiyihambile lendlela

Angihlabile ameva

Futhi ngimukile nemifula

Ngingenakuphindela emuva

Zifikile izimo zangethusa

Zahlanganisa amakhanda izitha

Zifuna ukungisusa

Ngiyenzile imikhuleko

Ngahlanzwa, ngenziwa musha

Nganqoba abangani namahumusha

Ngakho ke,

Ngivumeleni ngizazise kabusha


Thethelelani izono  zami


Sulani izinyembezi

Akusizi ukukhala

Yebo ngiwenzile amaphutha

Yebo ngiziphulile izinhliziyo

Kwakhona abalamba ngenxa yami

ngizama ukusutha

Yebo angenzanga kahle

Kodwa ngivumeleni

Ngicule iculo elisha

Tholani ithemba elisha, ngizolungisa

Ngakho ke,

Ngivumeleni ngizazise kabusha

Second Chances


This is a piece about seeking forgiveness and finding acceptance from a society that one has wronged. Forgiveness is an important part of the human journey. It’s something that is learnt and perfected through practice. It is one of the hardest things to ask of any society or individual, because many acts of wrong-doing towards others have lifelong implications and leave wounds which often never heal. Many people who have wronged others fear seeking forgiveness out of fear that they many not find it. I say it doesn’t matter. Seek it anyway. But allow people the space to heal, in time you might find another hand on the other side of the olive branch. Life is too short to walk around with the burden of guilt.

To those holding back forgiveness-free yourselves. Holding on to anger and pain is the greatest injustice you can do to your emotional wellbeing. Allow people to re-introduce themselves into your lives, but only when you are ready. Change is part of life, and we need to be open to the fact that some people do change for the better. None of us are perfect and none of us has the power to turn back the hands of time. We’ve all wronged someone at some point in our lives. Many of us have been forgiven by someone at some point in our lives. May we never forget to pay it forward, wherever and whenever it’s due.

Nozipho is a 29 year old poet and social media activist with a keen interest in South African politics and issues affecting women and children. She has been writing poetry since the age of 12 and has had several works published by the then South African Poetry Institute, Botsotso, I Speak Hip Hop (Magazine), Sowetanlive, Timeslive and Oxford University Press (IsiZulu literature). Her work touches many social and political issues affecting South Africans with the aim of not only bringing awareness but also to empower. She is a TUT and UCT graduate and currently resides and works in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.


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