Martin Ntsako Manhisa

Bronze Star - 2,070 Points (1994-02-03 / Grasmere, Mountain View, Gauteng, South Africa.)

Potential - Poem by Martin Ntsako Manhisa

I have what it takes
With the knowledge I have
I have what it takes
With the wisdom I have
But I'm afraid
That is all there is

I have what it takes
Like a loaded gun
On a toddler's hand
But that is all there is

I have what it takes
Like a chased chicken
With widened wings
But that is all there is

I have what it takes
Like the wild-tamed lions
Dangerous but harmless
But that is all there is

We have what it takes
It is called potential
But I'm afraid
That is all there is

Topic(s) of this poem: power

Form: Couplet


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Everyone of us possess potential
but what is power if is not utilize

The poem highlights 3 kinds of people.

A gun on a toddler's hand
Someone who has power but clueless.

A chased chicken
Someone who know he/she has power but won't use it.

The tamed Lions
Someone who use to utilize but now tamed my circumstances

By the way this is my first written poem

Comments about Potential by Martin Ntsako Manhisa

  • Adeeb Alfateh (10/13/2019 11:12:00 PM)

    I have what it takes
    Like the wild-tamed lions
    Dangerous but harmless
    But that is all there is


    great note
    great write
    great 10++
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  • Camagu Somana (10/10/2018 7:31:00 AM)

    Th power of words combined with belief. A motivational poem...10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (9/30/2018 6:50:00 PM)

    p.s. yes, Zulu, you too?

    if you have difficulties with, or other questions about PH, please ask. i've learned a lot about getting through some murky areas of PH.

    bri :)
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    Ntsako Manhisa(10/1/2018 4:34:00 AM)

    Can you please enlighten me about PH

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  • Bri Edwards (9/30/2018 6:49:00 PM)

    (cont.)

    With wider wings
    But thst is all there is..i'm not sure of meaning of wider here. maybe widened/spread and flapping?
    and, of course, typo: thst ;)

    Qhubeka** your journey through poetry, out of boredom! !

    bri :)
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  • Bri Edwards (9/30/2018 6:48:00 PM)

    (cont.)

    the English is better in the poem, compared to in the Poet's Notes. in fact the English is very good in the poem, as is the 'storytelling'. congratulations on your first written poem. welcome to PH.

    on this poem page, the whole poem is NOT in the shaded area above the poem! hmm? did PH mess up again?
    to MyPoemList.

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  • Bri Edwards (9/30/2018 6:46:00 PM)

    i've read the Poet's Notes and understand it but the English is not 'perfect'. HOWEVER, you have great potential.

    Besides, i do not speak any of these official languages of South Africa!
    Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, SiSwati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. OK, I AM INCORRECT; i DO speak a bit of English. :)

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    Ntsako Manhisa(10/1/2018 4:32:00 AM)

    Ngi ya Bonga Mr Bri for your constructive criticism.
    I hope it will help me grow and to widened my wing even wider.

    I hope that you will also take you time to read some of my poems....
    especially: Write something right

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (9/26/2018 4:56:00 AM)

    An amazing piece of work! Each stanza articulates a different facet of your stance! Beautifully penned! (10) (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/11/2018 3:54:00 AM)

    I have what it takes
    Like the wild-tamed lions
    Dangerous but harmless
    But that is all there is.........my power, my potential....... it is what i have and i m fully satisfied with that. very good poem with an ideal.. tony
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  • Jazib Kamalvi (7/11/2018 12:17:00 PM)

    A good start with a nice poem, Martin. You may like to read my poem, Love And Iust. Thank you. (Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu Dike (7/2/2018 10:15:00 PM)

    An insightful piece of poetry, well articulated and nicely brought forth with conviction. A beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing Martin and do remain enriched. (Report)Reply

    Ntsako Manhisa(7/4/2018 4:47:00 AM)

    Wow. Thanks a lot.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 2, 2018

Poem Edited: Monday, October 1, 2018


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