Siyabonga A Nxumalo

Freshman - 621 Points (South Africa)

When? ? - Poem by Siyabonga A Nxumalo

The whole country
Ululated.
Thousands singing your
Name.
Millions put their trusts
On you.

You made headlines
Globally.
Your sweet promises
Ringing on million's ears.

We sang with you joyfully,
Hoping that, that now
You've been given your machine,
Change was around the corner.

We forgot, you were just
Playing a political game.

We failed to recognize
That fire in your eyes.....
We mistook it for passion.....
Instead of the pain.....
We were about to endure...

We clapped hands like morons,
When you said kuzolunga.

When scavengers were gunning
For your blood,
Thousands stood by you.
With hunger and fatigue
Terrorizing them.....
They still,
Sang,
Danced, and
Shouted at them scorpions.

Off the hook you went,
Because they stood by you...
They defended you...
They could kill for you.
.....But in no time.....
You forgot about the flies that were
Buzzing around you all this time.

Ha! ha!
Even when you disgusted the nation!

Didn't you know,
Forcing yourself on a woman
Is a crime and a sin?

You are still singing that
Same old song, 'KUZOLUNGA'....
I SAY.....
WHEN? ?


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Kuzolunga is a Zulu word meaning, everything is gona be alright! !

Comments about When? ? by Siyabonga A Nxumalo

  • (7/21/2013 7:30:00 PM)


    Kudlaliwe ngathi, but we as ordinary folk we need to man up and stop giving these criminals too much power that they don't deserve. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/8/2012 8:37:00 AM)


    A bit dry, understand where you are coming from but it feels like there could be more. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath Das (6/22/2012 3:10:00 AM)


    A strong protest nicely drawn.Really, pen is stronger than sword.Wow.Ha, ha...satire is there. (Report) Reply

  • Vincent Kuo (5/27/2012 5:54:00 PM)


    Speaking of our beloved president? Thanks for the raw truth, I concur with you completely. Us as South Africans are typically quite positive, and we are able to see the silver lining behind the dark cloud. However, this almost irrational optimism, evidently plays in our disadvantage. Most people are as a result oblivious of how well a country can be lead or how good life can become. I myself hate to put blame on politicians, because it's too easy to do so, but unfortunately I must certainly say that politics play probably the single biggest role in delivering a better system in South Africa. Sadly enough, this has not been smooth. We still relish in the abolishment of Apartheid (which is a great achievement) , but one forgets that it is already 18 years ago, and as history proves, the greater challenge lies beyond the revolution, where real technical governing problems occur. (Report) Reply

  • Nontobeko Dlamini (5/25/2012 8:55:00 AM)


    The truth isnt the code that politicians live by. Its sad when people use the voters trust to accomplish their selfish motives of digging on the taxpayers money. Just because they believe they earned it while fighting for independance. Well who didn't? (Report) Reply

  • (5/23/2012 7:24:00 AM)


    Remember we shall rule till Jesus comes? And they were deadly serious! And akulungi fokol mfowethu! y.Your honest respect for the truth comforts me.Thanks again and again! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012



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