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Thobile Masondo

(19 February 1979 / Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa)

The Vineyard


Vile truths have been told by vile people
in the vineyard
Vindictively violating my dignity
Connected like a venous mess
They validate my worthlessness

I vehemently deny
I violently voice my anguish
Like a venomous snake they bite without mercy
Vapourizing my hopes and dreams
Heaven has validated my doom, my destiny

Like vampires they suck my inner peace
Their evil spreads like a viral infection
The vibrant, vivacious little girl is vanishing
Like a vagabond, i beg for mercy
Veil less and value less, I submit


I give in
My shame shall end with death
I shall not veer from this decision
The vibrant little me is no more
The grave shall cover my shame

In death my value is more
As vibrant, vivacious little girls sing my praises
There is no vangeance for dead little girls
As the vineyard lives on
Like a venomous snake it bites another

Submitted: Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Edited: Thursday, August 02, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The poem is about the grapevine, gossip. The writer expresses that dispicable things were said about her destroying her dignity and leading to her feeling worthless. At the end the only solution for her is death. She feels that in death her value is more in that people note positive attributes at the funeral about the deceased, but she realizes that even death does not stop people from gossiping about others as she says that the 'Vineyard lives on' and continues to destroy another victim.

My writing is based on emotions. I write about either my personal experiences or experiences others have gone through and expressed. This poem was inspired about teenage girls and their take on gossip and how this age group reacts to how people or their peers feel about them. Although young people may make silly decisions to deal with verbal attacks, this does not stop people from continuing to gossip about others.

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