Growing-By Jessica van der Merwe

You sowed your seeds of wisdom You watered them with your love You warmed them with your smile You fertilized them with your knowledge   But just as they began to grow It was time for you to go (Because you have many more seeds to sow)  


The Whispering Willow by Emma Brand

I wish to have a willow At the end of my garden Under which I’d share noon tea With those who make me laugh.   I wish to have a willow Whose delicate branches Hang their heads in shame To weep with when I am sad.   I wish to have a willow Peeking out …

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I Come From A Cold Floor by Emma Brand

I come from movement Choreographed to music, Creating flawless lines And extended limbs.   I come from a studio With a cold floor, Spacious high ceilings, And old metal barres.   I come from pointed toes And soaring leaps, From controlled turns And deep contractions.   I come from a group of dancers That have …

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“dear black girl” by Yvonne Makwara

dear black girl, when they ostracize you for the kinkiness of your mane, mock you for the thickness of your lips, caricature the voluptuousness of your stature, scorn you for the stretch marks that trail your physique, plagiarise and appropriate your culture, intoxicate your mind with lies about your mahogany skin, terrorise your bliss, colonise …

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Ek brand saam by Nobody Special

Die honde kef hul klaagliedere in die nag en die serenes van opeenhopende krete van desperate, opgevlamde misdaad huil in die verte Die gruis kraak op die treinspore onder ñ sluierende volmaan en hy neurie ñ liedjie in lank vergete woorde Sy oë is rooi, dit maak hom rustig, laat hom verlore laat hom vergeet …

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Rain by Anonymous

You reminded me of rain Fresh and hope of something new Before I met you all I felt was the unforgiving storms of life The harsh winds of love and regret the thunder of heart break But then the sky opened and the fresh rain poured I hoped that you'd bring a brighter day One …

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Example Page by Louise Beyers

Void of a poem to write, I sit. It is not inspiration that taps on my shoulder And draws me to sit like this, Nor is it excitement. No, it is the strict professional need for some throwaway example That is my incentive and my inspiration. My means to an end, I provide simple, worked …

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Poetry by Mila Soltau

Swiftly through the trees I go Silent as the panther stalking. If you see me you have wonder eyes If you don't you are but mortal. Silence is my friend, So make a noise And you become my enemy. If you have heard the trees talking You will know me as the Hunter. What the …

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It was cold by Victoria Matthews

It was cold Devastatingly cold The kind of cold that makes you numb You can't feel your fingers You can't feel your skin You can't feel It was the kid of cold that consumes you Consumes you from the inside out The kind of cold that makes you wonder why. It was warm Deliciously warm …

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let them enjoy the idea of false solace and simple words uncomplicated thoughts and clear loyalties let them dance in the glory of spring without murder in their homes and theft from their pockets for their optimisms are the yearnings of a realist who learnt too soon the magnitude of defeat and how a battle …

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