Archive for July, 2008

Sali-

I went to Mozambique over my holidays in June-July for a week. It was such a blast! I learned so much about life, love and God. There was one little girl that really caught my attention and when my creative writing lecturer gave us an ‘own theme’ poetry assignment to write, I jumped on it.

It’s been a hard one to write, not wanting to give her pity and most definitely not wanting to indulge in egotism- just wanting to say what I saw. It’s really difficult. I may revise this a few times before tomorrow, but here it is- raw and uncensored( like most of my work is)…this is my poem about the little girl, Sali…

Sali

The great expanse of dust packed still

By bare feet trampling.

The shadows pool beneath the Marula tree

And dusty rocks, undisturbed, watch

Sali toddles across the plain

Heavy laden, haunting eyes

And the beads and bracelets clanking

And she tumbles

The dust- scarlet and steaming

Embraces her starving body

Childish dreams restrained.

Captivated-

Intensely chasing goats

While fading into the blackness.

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July 30, 2008 at 8:48 am 1 comment

Becoming a Nobody

This poem was written specifically for my portfolio I had to submit in order to be selected into a creative writing class at University…

Becoming a Nobody

Close those eyes and bite

A bit harder

Indifference creeping

Hands violent pressing

…silent aching

Arch an eyebrow

Smile, baby, smile

Clatter of dishes falling

Backing away

Concealed

Whatthefuck girl,

Table 12 needs to order.’

Bumble and fumble

Starry-gazed and lying

Light a smoke and lose yourself

In the ashes.

July 10, 2008 at 7:19 am Leave a comment