People of Truth #YouthDay 

Nozipho Madlala
A people pushed deep into

The trenches of depression

Deceived, we believe

That we’ll never be enough

Deep in the dungeons

Of normalized rejection

And poverty, and oppression

We’ve made peace

With our struggles

In life and in love


We’ll tell you only what

We’ve been taught about us

We’ve forgotten the names

Of our fathers

But at least we know Jesus

Salvation is what we need

We’re blind enough

To follow, but not wise

Enough to lead

But take heed of the

Truth in the music

And incense

It gives us enough fight

To earn our freedom

But not enough to find

Our way back to where

We’re from


But on this day

May we lay down our shields

And sorrows

And break the chains

And the laws that have

Compromised the last of

Our heroes

We reject the system that

Rejects our culture and skin

The will to be

Now stems from the war within

We’re woke and we’re loud

And we’re comfortable with

Your discomfort

So be not proud

We’ll unlearn and uproot

Because we’re fearfully made

Out of dust and ancient truth

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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