Onalethuso Petruss Ntema

(27/02/1985 / Maun, Botswana)

afrika


afrika

the rivers of the wilderness,
polluted and looted by modern philosophy
executed and looted with guns and enemy
powers of religion and heads of authority
lovers of omission and error of reality
matters of no reason and mental insanity
brothers of illusion and sisters of bitterness,
where is the love that we all talk about?
where is the love that we all talk about?
where is the peace that we all walk about?
where are the means that we all need the most?
the pieces are the only means to get us across

matters of reality, focus on your livity
sold our souls to the grave of the next man
overthrew our culture to the next man’s
understood their culture than the next man’s
overthrew our own, to the divide and rule
i wish i knew, what they decide to do
and they taught us too, to divide and rule
what a continent sold for an island!
afrika! our ancient memory
afrika! you are the latest commodity
afrika! you are the worst hit poverty
afrika! you are target community
rise afrika rise, stand tall alone!
rise afrika rise, stand on your feet!

gone so fast to the hands of many men
o’ what a crisis,
o’ what a problem
who is the culprit?
who is to sort them?
families, nations rise from the problem
uplift one another
livity is the matter
sooner than later
is the matter
for the better,
rise afrika rise, stand tall alone!
rise afrika rise, stand on your own!

opn18052013/0820

poem: 'afrika'
book: 'cold feet'
year: may 2013
book no.5 of 2013

copyright: mambomusic+poetry, bw.

Submitted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Edited: Thursday, May 23, 2013
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theme: the scramble of afrika (excessive land grabbing and remote landlordship) , environmental and spiritual pollution by chemicalized sources of livelihoods, fashioned religion of personal interest persuasion and economic mobilities, political and social disorganization through inter-community conflicts with weaponized means of existence and space and the personal deterioration of the inner self. the world around has filtered a saturated kind, factored by fairies of the media (the movies, erotic magazines, horror articles with powerful sources, negative social networks and internet sources) and the “globalized” behaviors of individual centredness against the afrikan context of the individual-family-community models. centuries of torture and cultural degeneration have yielded a sub-cultural behavior of deviance and crime. families and churches have all become the cages of violence, abuse and spiritual disorder. afrika has for ages been the resource for western economies; slavery, missionary trade/ socio-politio-economic and spiritual colonization, excessive mineral extraction and exportation to foreign few pockets while afrikans battle for their last breath, modernized health systems and diseases. Still, the worst is yet to unfold.

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