Black Poetry : Township exile...a bit of africa in here...

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  1. mkhaya lo'

    mkhaya lo' Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    It’s the smell of an early Sunday township morning..
    A chilly breeze mixed with smoke emissions from
    Coal stoves blows against my face-awakening me to the
    Sounds outsides..

    Church bells are ringing and young girls rush to the corner
    Vegetable vender to buy carrots and pumpkin and potatoes
    For a Sunday lunch they may only see again in seven days time..

    Women in red and white, purple and white, black and white
    Green and white church regalia and shiny shoes carefully tread the dusty
    Streets with hymn books tightly clutched under their arms..making their way
    To the buildings of redemption where they’ll pray for the sins of the week and afterwards take off their Chaste images and once again start the long list of next
    Weeks transgressions for which they maybe shall repent..

    And my mind races back and forth to those images of late afternoons
    With brook Benton, the temptations Gladys knight, Roberta flack, bill withers
    Hugh masekela, Miriam makeba-outside on freshly cut grass girls sit and play crazy 8
    And plait each other’s hair..boys walk past and lust after the thickness of those thighs and legs and buttocks shifting from side to side….. hmmmm I’m smellin’ ghetto loving…

    But nowadays I’m awakened by the **** neighbours dog once again threatening to bite the domestic worker and the garden cleaner as they come in to pay for their meager wages..impilo yasemakishini
    The quietness and so-called serenity of the leafy suburbs has seen a never ending exodus of the educated, miseducated the enwhitened, the coporate, the monied, the envious, all calibers and types of people moving away from the matchbox maze to the big broad streets and lovely pool areas and top security and who cares who lives next door its everyman for himself and besides, sesipucukile my brotha get with the programme..

    I too am one of them…a township exile….my life lives in a memory, my future lives in this townhouse, my past lives in that moment, on that early Sunday township morning..
     
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    nice flow .......well heard
     
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    HOME ALONE

    mkhaya lo'

    This is precious. Keep giving us those snapshots of Mother Africa. We, her children, long for her wisdom... home alone.

    1poetsought ~
     
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    Wow! so well written! so thoughtful!
    and enlightening to us who've never been
    to the Motherland!
    Peace!
     
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    mkhaya lo' Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks! it was fun for me to write this piece! glad you'll liked it..

    lo'
     
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    vivid image
    of a section of the motherland

    i will see for myself this december
    when i go to nigera for a wedding

    nice scribe lo
    peace
    khasm
     
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    mkhaya lo' Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Khasm13, Hope u enjoy the wedding..u'll find its a very different set-up (so I hear) but I'm excited that u'll be coming to Africa!!! hope its all that u hope it would be..

    lo' thanks for the big up..
     
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    You go gurl your words are powerful and your wisdom is blessed,
    continue to teach I shall return.
     
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