Treasure Island

Vangile Mtyali

(1989/06/07 / south africa johannesburg)

I Said Never


I said never

I said I will never be a street kid
And God said I will humble you
Then I found myself homeless after my parents died
I said I would never let a man abuse me
And God said I will humble you and show you not to judge
Until that day I found myself with a man I loved more than life it's self
And whom I had borne children
He abused me
He use to hit me so hard until I bleed like a cow that has just been slaughtered
He broke each and every bone in my fragile body
Then the next morning he came crying and on his knees
Saying' I'm sorry love it won't happen I again you know I need you'
'let's do it for our children, I know you love me'
I took him back over a thousand times
After all I did love him
I said I will never be a prostitute
And God said I will humble you
Until that day my siblings and I found ourselves being orphans and we had no one to turn to
At only age fourteen I had to go and sell my body to put food in the table
I said I will never commit fornication and I won't let any guy deceive me
And God said I will humble you
Until that day I found the father of lies and a deceiver who wore a garment of prince charming
He convinced me that he was the one
He said why must we wait if we sure of each other
And that we don't need some piece of Golden string to show our commitment to each other
I said I always get what I want after all I'm good at what I do
And God said I will humble you
Until that day I went for an interview and some funny looking guy with who didn't know English got the job
When I asked why
They said you just too much
I said never
I said I will never fail I know I got the brains and I’m hard worker
And God said I will humble you
Until that day I went to the score board and I saw that I got 49 and pass mark was 50
everyone had passed except me
When I asked why?
They said u didn't follow the instruction well you forgot to write the dates in my accounting paper
And that was worth five marks
I said never
I said I would never kill an innocent soul
Until that day when my baby daddy was arrested
And mama was nowhere to be found and I was staying with my aunt and her five kids
Then I aborted my baby
I said never
I said I would never use a taxi or stay in the shack
Or let alone have no food to eat
Until that day SARS came to repossess all my possessions
And said I owed Tax
Which I couldn't understand
For the first time I had to stay in shack with holes
i had to use the bucket as my toilet
I had to eat pap and water
I said I will never be known as slut
And God said I will humble you
Until that day I found men who promised me the world and told me they would marry me
Meanwhile all along all they wanted was to be seen with a pretty face like me and to get under my G string
This happened on most of my relationship
So I jumped from this relationship to the next
With the hope of finding a good man
And of course they started being labelling me as a slut
After all this I learned not to judge
after all I don't control life
and who I'm I to judge if I have never walked a mile in your shoes

Vangile Mtyali

Submitted: Thursday, July 26, 2012
Edited: Friday, September 06, 2013

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  • Vangile Mtyali (10/5/2012 4:19:00 PM)

    Thank You Thomas it's also one of my favourite poems because it teaches you not to judge n that before you judge you must walk a mile in someone's shoes (Report) Reply

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