African poetry

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Free at Last

This is a poem by Constance van Niekerk for everyone who has been rejected and have risen out of the pain. Continue reading

Elvis Nyathi

This is an ode to Elvis Nyati, the Zimbabwean man who was brutally murdered in Diepsloot, South Africa. The poem was written by Crestabel Nandipa Mahoko. What land is worth my cries?The job that you claimedWas it really worth my life? I came here only in the events of my tries!Hoping for a better livingAs … Continue reading

Ode to a Perfect Stranger

He scurried behind meIn a panic, My heart beating fast And arms sweatingfrom the brutal midday’s rays I increased my pace. He broke into a jog Relentlessly, And shamelessly he kept coming. A long time ago it was, Two thousand and three to be preciseYet, the memory remains fresh to date He crossed the broad … Continue reading

Some sweet memories of a dark skinned girl

After reading Colourism is Real, one of my friends, the good Doc remarked, “Very profound indeed… This is so relevant today as many people feel less worthy of themselves due to their complexion. The good news is that, a significant amount of light skinned black and even white men adore dark skinned sisters!” How true! … Continue reading

For the sake of my kids

Some of us said,We’re staying for the sake of my kidsKids who have never heard the words,I love youfrom their so-called fatherKids who don’t know how it feelsTo be hugged and kissed ‘good night’ by dadKids who have never played catchor go fishing with their fatherKids who did not know the sound of laughter in … Continue reading

You are special

Don’t be afraid to be different. You were not created to conform. You’re special. Continue reading

My Woman

MY WOMAN For this beauty beyond the dreams of a goddessI can dance on the head of a pin to behold your faceI can weave words to the palace of your heart For this beauty that charm my eyesI can defeat a flock of arm warriors with my bare handsI can walk mountains and cross … Continue reading

More time-a poem by Connie Van Niekerk

This poem is dedicated to those who have gone before us. Till we meet again, in our hearts you will remain. Rest in Peace.

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The Foul Mouthed Grub

Spilling stinking raw sewage and a foul mouthed politician have everything in common;The churlish and kraken weasel who is foul mouthed spewed raw sewage,he spouted feces from his venom,his mouth never knew a damn rhyme.His mouth had a virus,that stopped a verseA hubris and an atheist,whose mouth spoke sewer to spill excrement,like the ghetto in … Continue reading

In Prison

By Obey Chiyangwa We sleep on thin sagging legs,wobbling, weary-sodden sticks,we still fall fast asleep while afoot,very scary dreams on our sore feet,bunk beds are for seniors in rank,the chamber pot is a serious stink,food morsels are coarse and stale,they trickle the bluish-grey of bile,our cell floors remain water-logged,we swim both the foul and the … Continue reading

Upclose and Personal with Zimbabwean writer, Tafadzwa Lemuel Chiwanza

“I was born a writer…”Zimbabwean Author and poet, Edward Dzonze aka NRS (NamelesRadioStation) , talks to fast rising writer and poet Tafadzwa Lemuel Chiwanza on the inaugral edition of Monday Morements which seeks to bring the writers closer to their readers NRS :Welcome to the inaugral edition of Monday Morements Tafadzwa.In brief, who is this … Continue reading

Aluta time

Candles on the candelabra burned out
forming waxy mountains around their feet,

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Graffiti Portrait

When the sun gets hot, the shepherd sips the tears of his flock

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It just might be love

A poem by Constance van Niekerk ©2019 From a distanceIt looks like loveSending each otherEvery love emoji in the phone 😍Cyber hugs 🤗Cyber kisses 😘Who knew of their existence 🤷It just might be love ❤️ From a distanceIt looks promisingNothing can dampen the spiritsPerhaps except a low battery🔋And the frequent loadsheddingThat can really be frustrating!Love … Continue reading

A Season of Grief

Tell me,What it is like, on the other side…where the stream of consciousnessceases to flow and silence ensueswhere thoughts of shared joy andsorrow, song and verse,are carefully tucked awayin memoryburying it all in a sandy heap,where ‘nothing’ reigns andeverything is forgotten,And Youinto ‘The Fading Sun’ you disappearleaving behind a trail ofblank-verse, whispering…‘I Don’t Know Why … Continue reading

I am not judging you

A poem by Constance van Niekerk Continue reading

Good old acts

took time to hateloving easilybook promo’ fatewriting daily speak out the muteshouting quitelylook south for foodthe craving hungry smoke some you shouldthese words art cigarshome streets are rudeteaching one kindness there now and inhaling itfriendly gas ton to the ozoneshare then with one mateanyone considered your own let someone promotegood old acts for a changelest … Continue reading


from the mother continentvictims overshadowedto the ones now troubledvulnerable globe at hand sour sorrow makessweet sense nowpast tears our gainrain from above follow that tweetdigital know howworst fears sweetbees to their hive mere words on a pagedivas angels on wingsan act afro mid stagewords lords of rings as i watch the children playwondering why we … Continue reading

Morning Glory

morning gloryink to a scrollparts one bodyready to roll feeling sorryhearts as hard as rocksfeeding manysouls dark light knocks making moneylazy bones online trickssensing worryhearing the silent speak lonely hypeempty the homeland streetsthe only typeafro poet on a touching spree local vibemerely ritual instinctswondering whyworthy the lyrical hints. © ISAAC RAMOSHIDI BOKABA isaaclion.bandcamp.com

Come softly to me

A poem by David Mungoshi ©2015 Come softly to me sweet dewdropLike the rain after a prolonged lullLike sweet nothings from a whispering breeze Walk gently by my sideHold my hand like you’ll never let goLike one whose dream has come true Make life a perpetual walk in the parkMake it a song about never-ending … Continue reading

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