Walani Ndhlovu

Rookie - 339 Points (23 March 1996 / Blantyre, Malawi)

Selfless Traveler - Poem by Walani Ndhlovu

Shall I erase pigments thy hand scribbled
Onto the smooth pale strips of papyrus reed,
Whose margins carnivorous rats nibbled
But retain the message which man can feed?

Shall I scratch the tales infused in my head
With thy wind's-like gossiping merry tone
As if your voice would not at once ever fade?
But age is the worst enemy I've known.

Oh I guess thy silence means to inform
That all you left belongs to those who live,
And that to me serves not as just a norm
For many consume their treasure ere Death Eve.

How kind thou chose to leave with nothing; thus
All of your wisdom has been left for us.

Topic(s) of this poem: kindness, death

Form: Sonnet

Poet's Notes about The Poem

In honor of my father who passed away in 2001. R.I.P.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Poem Edited: Monday, February 1, 2016

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