Treasure Island

Niki Nicholas Nkuna

(1957/01/09 / BURGERSFORT (Leeufallei farm or Ga- Makwakwasi))

A smile

I see the head of a vicious snake in the bubble of a smile,
I see the face of an angel in the bubble of a smile,
I see a chameleon changing its colour,
Slowly into black and then to red and vice versa,
I see a blanket tapestry on the playground,
Children jumping on it,
Into its varying colours, alternating,
Some colours are distasteful, others are sweet,

I see a bright smile in the form bath water bubble,
A split tongue in the centre protruding outward,
One piece red and the other black,
The black tongue stabbing the tadpoles in the pond,
The red one curled back in protest,
Some colours are cold, others are fervent,

I see a bright grinning smile in the bubble,
I feel cold rain torrents on my body,
Alternating with hot rain torrents on my body,
I'm in a quandary, my body is wrestles,
Some feelings are thorny, other are soothing,

I see a bright grinning smile with brighter teeth,
The colour of an angel riding on a blue cloud,
With a serpent riding on a dark cloud,
At times threatening to overtake the angel,
But preferring to be close by,
And ready to share the tadpoles in the pond,
Some rain clouds bring forth,
The drizzle that sooth the face and body,
While others bring convection rain torrents,
That chill or burn the face and body,

I see a brighter grinning smile,
Opening the door of magnanimity,
Beautifying everything in the occasion,
Be it a wedding or some sort of a celebration,
The invisible staff rider,
A snake, sliddering around oblivious guests,
Sharing the food and drinks,
Nodding and smiling sugar coted venom,
Some guests feeling its cold bloodedness,
A chilling chasm that sours party mood,
Some snakes are innocuous, others are venomous,

I see a brighter grinning smile, a fly Venus trap in tow,
Exquisite beauty in the Garden of Eden,
The lure of the serpent relishing a load of insects,
Amid the sweet smell and the lure of danger,
A split tongue, split road, beauty and the beast,

I see a brighter grinning smile, camouflaged,
To sow the seeds of beauty and ugliness,
Beauty is brighter, the magnetic colour of attraction,
Make up mask washing off in the rain of truth,
The exposed ugliness chasing off friends like a foul smell,
Brighter grinning smile rejoice in the river of smiles,
But deems instantly amid the ominously approaching crocodiles,

Submitted: Thursday, February 09, 2012

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