Ofentse Mercy Hajane

Rookie - 55 Points (1992-04-23 / South Africa/ Johannesburg/ Krugersdorp/ Munsieville)

Swimming Home - Poem by Ofentse Mercy Hajane

Faces of a strange world
Skin as dark as theirs
But under it
Memories of my world tattooed to remind me that I am not lost
Looking out the horizon
The calm seas of my past
All buried under
Way down


Underneath their skin
Voices of your people
Whispering in a cold night
The songs of my people
Calling my alien name
Only I can hear them
Shattering your sweet words before they slither in my ears

I am sorry my love
For tonight your bed will not know my warmth
For I'll be swimming home
I was looking unto the sky
But the surface world is not of my kind
Nothing can hold me no more
I hear the beating loud
Praising my name
Missing me
Wanting me to swim back
Back to peace
Back to Paradise
Back to the innocence of our womb

I’m sorry my love
Be not sad my love
For a better place I have gone to
Remember that I am still fond of you
But time has come
Nothing can hold me any more
Not even love can
For to night Home is were i will be
For tonight I'll be Swimming Home...

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Another poem inspired by the beautiful band- Evanescence song- swimming home

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 7, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 21, 2013


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