Siphokazi Zele

Rookie (1989-10-17 / Port Elizabeth)

I Was - Poem by Siphokazi Zele

In the beginning
was the Source of life,
life that brought light to humanity.
Humanity
which I now am part of.

Before sun rose
sun set
right behind that mountain hill
Before earth was born
Before oceans could flow
Even before nature could adorn
I was

I know you
I know of a time
when we laughed to joyous moments fulfil
when we watched spoken word become real
when painful moments we never knew
when those astounding moments we ceased.

We only strangers by physicality
Does anyone dare to consider the possibility
that we share the same identity?

You are my mother, father
sister, brother
neighbour
but by no means are you a stranger.

We were
We lived
We came
We were received by the ground we honour with our presence
By the shining stars
By the water that is life

Us holding the solution
of a world that has come to destruction
Us the vessels
of a great magnificent love


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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 11, 2008



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