Codes Of Law Poem by Thabani Khumalo

Codes Of Law

Rating: 4.8


MY GHOST ERECTED ABOVE THE MOTHERLY PLATTER,
WITH MY SHADOW CAST TO THE WAYSIDE SO I'D SEE,
AND EXAMINED THROUGH FOR SIGNS OF EXISTENCE THEREIN
UNDER THE SHADE OF AN AFRICAN FIRMAMENT; BLUE,
BUT STUMBLED UPON NO SIGNS OF TANGIBLE SYLLABLES.
 
ARMIES OF STRONG MEN LAY BETWIXT THE GRADIENT WALLS OF THE ROCKY VALLEY;
MULTITUDES OF SOLDIERS AS DEAD BONES,
SHAMBLED IN HEAPS UPON EACH OTHER -
THE BONES THAT WERE VERY OLD, AND BONES VERY DRY,
MUCH TO MY COUNTENANCE'S DESPAIR AND MY TEARDROP'S SHED
FOR THE EYES OF THE VALLEY WERE TIGHT SHUT AND GLUM.
 
SUDDENLY, I WAS QUICKENED AND MY VISION LACID BROADER
TO SEE THE RACE OF MAN, THEY WERE INDEED SUFFERING
YET MY VOICE WAS TRULY FAINT TO SHOUT OUT THE LOUDEST DECRY
TO PLEAD UPON THEIR SOULS TO WAKE AGAIN AND LIVE
FOR THEY WERE BURIED LOW AND WERE FETTERED WITH THE FOSSILS BELOW.

THE DEVIL IS ALIVE IN THE PALE SKIN'S LAW
AND IS THRIVING ON HIS VERGE: THE RACE OF MAN TO BLOW
FOR THE SEAT OF HIS FATHER TO BE APPRAISED ABOVE OUR REIGNS'.
‘OPEN UP YOUR EYES! ' SAYS THE PROPHET IN THE ODD
FOR IF YOU REALLY DO AND YOUR SPIRITS WILL INDEED BE FREE.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: political
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
WHEN IT WAS FINALLY REVEALED TO ME THE ABOUT THE HUMAN RACE AND IT EMANATION, I DECIDED IT WAS ABOUT TIME I ALTERED THE INSPIRATION BEHIND MY POEMS AND BE MORE OF BLACK CONSCIOUS COMMUNIST THAN PRO-DEMOCRATIC. THIS IS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SYSTEM THAT WE NOW LIVE UNDER.
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Chinedu Dike 02 June 2015

A well articulated poem, insightfully penned in poetic diction with conviction to capture man inhumanity to man. A lovely poem written with intensity. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.

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Thabani Khumalo 16 June 2015

if i also had enough time to hang around my mind long enough, sir, i'd have been able to escalate to your height. i am honoured to have made sense to someone like you sir. thank you for approving my thoughts even though the editorial team thinks otherwise.

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