Xenophobia – where lies Madiba?
The air exhaled from the South
Lies tints of red
Ashes are no strangers
Visiting them in soots of black veins
Rage has escaped its cage
Snarling and benighting
A place we once called home
Puncturing the tranquil landmarks
Moulded with drops of sweat in Madiba
The South has tasted blood
From a common tributary
The mask has fallen off
From their faces and now
The vampires have risen
They deliver rubble to the streets
Chanting like brains
Loosed from their fetters
Where lies Madiba’s carcass?
They roam above the roofs
Where blood is thick and black
Where lies Madiba?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Awa Chigozie is a Nigerian. A student and resident of Abia State in Nigeria. He is a prolific writer whose keen interest is in poetry and fictional works. He has poems which have been published in anthologies and other media. He describes his works as a mirror to man’s act. Presently working towards releasing his first poetry collection.
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Jerome, there is sweet bitterness in the verses above. To a certain extent you blame Madiba for having placed South Africa so high that they are unable to hold on to that glory.
Madiba’s carcass… Vampires… Vultures… It feels legitimate to blame God, for we believe he could have given us a better opportunity. MADIBA is not God. Just a victim of humans blindness.
I love this work. But do not let this world bring anger in your art. Your soul is pure. Keep it that way.