Category: Poetry

Poems written and/or performed in various languages.

Nomzamo: A poem for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (isiXhosa & English)

By: Nozipho Madlala Translated into isiXhosa by Akha TutuNomzamoUphile ubomi unguNomzamo- unozala wemizamo;Lowo uzamayo.Ukubaleka, yinto ongazange uyizame.Ukusithanda isizwe, kuwe akukhange kube ngumzamo.Nomzamo- ilwalwa! Imbokodo!Nomzamo, ubuhle bakho ibibobexesha elingenammiselo.Ubudala bakho bebufunyanwa kwimizabalazo, bufunyanwa kumaxesha ka“Yes madam, yes bass” kanti bukwabhaqwa naphaya kumathuba ka “kwanele! Phantsi ngeDompasi!”Ubuso bakho babayimbonakaliso yethemba elaliluziziKuba awuzange ugobe,Ungazange wophuke.Ilwalwa, imbokodo!Usithwele isizwe esiye […]

Ukutshona kukaMendi

Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi Ewe, le nto kakade yinto yaloo nto.Thina, nto zaziyo, asothukanga nto;Sibona kamhlope, sithi bekumelwe,Sitheth’engqondweni, sithi kufanelwe;Xa bekungenjalo bekungayi kulunga.Ngoko ke, Sotase! Kwaqal’ukulunga!Le nqanaw’, umendi, namhla yendisile,Na’igazi lethu lisikhonzisile! Asinithenganga ngazo izicengo;Asinithenganga ngayo imibengo;Bekungenganzuzo zimakhwesikhwezi,Bekungenganzuzo ingangeenkwenkwezi.Sikwatsho nakuni, bafel’eAfrika,KwelaseJamani yaseMpumalanga,NelaseJamani yaseNtshonalanga.Bekungembek’eninayo kuKumkani,Bekungentobeko yenu kwiBritani.Mhla nashiy’ ikhaya sithrthile nani,Mhla nashiy’iintsaposalathile kuni,Mhla sabamb’izandla, mhla kwamanz’amehlo.Mhla […]

POEM: Crystal

By: Thabile Jezile She defied herself of purification, Seduced by temporary vibrations. Copiously reliant on sour sips of Sapphires, Oblivious to warning signs of fatal fires. Crystal pops poppin’ in the dungeons of her belly, Palpatations aggravating, Gasping breath’s frustrating, Spine-chilling, Tranquilizing tales , Self-inflicted blackmail, Redundant games, Heads or tails, Pulling last tails, Soothing […]

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