Frank Meintjies

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Based in Johannesburg, Frank Meintjies works in the field of social development. Frank's creative writing has been included in several South African anthologies. He also frequently contributes to the world of poetry through participation in readings. His latest poetry collection (2015) is Unfettered Days. more »

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Nelson Mandela; A Sanguine Farewell

during the week nelson mandela died
death lost its sting

a small yellow bird came
each morning
to knock, with its beak, against my window pane

early, gently, like drizzle, like sunset, like green of a hill, like touch of an open hand
soft as new skin over a wound
gentle as the kora
vibrating in the ear

during the week that soul left body
it rained, extensively, intensively
soggy fields, waterlogged lawns, drenched thatch, muddy pools;
slippery pathways
urban bodies enduring change &
long-walkers to rural ...

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