Moses Mtileni

Rookie (18/06/1983 / Giyani, Limpopo)

I Have Gone Away Many Times - Poem by Moses Mtileni

I have gone away many times
From the dry rivers that nurtured fish that fed me
And dry tree branches graced by birds praying for rains
Lighting that thundered through flames consuming crumbling huts
And burning velds that once sheltered the and the rabbit

I have gone away many times
To bustling cities on whose streets a thousand languages flow
And strangers drink blood with guns like water
Love chokes here from the rushed greeds for wealths stolen
And birds become passersby whose landing songs are cursed

I have gone away many times
And returned many times to find alterations that rendered me foreign
Here where we all ate from the same pot once
And listened to parables and idioms and folktales told around whispering fires
Here, in these ruins that stand deserted by love, was home once

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  • Patti Masterman (11/30/2010 9:19:00 AM)

    Very deep and wonderful feeling in here. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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