Saturday, 24 April 2021

Your Love is Transactional ~ TK Lushaba

 I can't really say I’m surprised

Or even that I’m disappointed.

But,

The love I was offered before we started 

Had me feeling like I was appointed

Had me feeling like I was chosen 

Had me feeling like I was important 

Like I mattered, you know?

I bought into your promise, 

Bought into your proposition,

Thinking it was a proposal.

Your silver tongue made it difficult 

To see that all I was being offered was Fool's Gold.

I was just another asset,

Just a product for you to "invest in", 

Another prospect for you to exploit.

My value to you was held only

In what you could gain from loving me.

The love I was delivered was different.

It had no warmth, no humanity.

It was inorganic, unnatural, used 

Like Currency.

Purely transactional.

Acquiring your love required labour, 

But that labour was never fully compensated.


© Thokoza B. Lushaba

Matriculant 2020

Fire Flower ~ Keara Singh

 The world is cruel to us flowers of fire.

They pick at the gardens of the frostbitten land in search of us,
to find us, hold us, steal our flames.
They use our warmth and leave us drained
petal after petal after petal...
We insist we have enough embers to sacrifice 
seeing us withering they still greedily take as we begin to freeze.

                We fall from our phoenix grace

                   Plummeting towards what we promised to never become

Reborn from pain.
     we change.

The twinkle and wonder in our once stardust ridden orbs 
dulled by glacial walls
We cage our wild hearts under bitter bars built of icicles 
to protect us from ever being punished again.

the ice becomes our new home.

Winter flowers,
I now understand why you are so cold



© Keara Singh
Matriculant 2020

Friday, 30 October 2020

I'm Still Standing ~ Mfezi Sibisi

 Despite your continuous effort to end me i'm as alive as can be , despite your over usage of my amenities and your depletion of my resources i am still active in my existence tending to those you injure in your devious process or attempt to dominate me .


I have made efforts to retaliate but you continuously defy me. The anguish you have caused amongst my residence cannot compare to the agony you will face if your defiance of my laws is a road you are not willing to cut off. Your animosity shall not go unpunished as you continuously ignore my mercenaries amongst you which was my last attempt for peace. Till your species is extinct i shall not me be at rest.


As the impulse to do the right thing is imbedded in every single one of you , yet you choose not only to ignore it but you do the exact opposite , i am far from disappointed i'm neck deep in rage. Mhh man-kind what irony, though i admit there are some decent souls amongst you , there simply aren't enough for the word kind to be situated adjacent to man.


I haven't much to say accept if you deem it fit to defy your co-creator i personally do not see the positivity in your existence .

[Unedited]


© Mfezi Sibisi

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Grade 10

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A Disappointed Mother ~ Mfezi Sibisi

 I've seen tons of organisms come and go but none like this species, i'm quite proud that my climate gave birth to such smart creatures or better yet provided the preferred sustenance for such a marvelous race of unified organisms.


Throughout the love i disperse amongst my organic children there are none i value more than humanity , allase humanity does not value me . I'm afraid i've let humanity suck on my nourishing teat of life for too long , "i've corrupted them"


I provided too much of a sanctuary for them gleaming with an array of resources fit for the gods (meaning gold and diamonds end product -"jewellery"),they've taken advantage . As the parent of this race i blame myself for their actions as i am the catalyst who favored them overall my children hoping they would bring peace among my continuously conflicted kids but now i've come to realise i was sorely mistaken , (sigh) i have a co-ordinated monster "who will eventually become the death of me.

[Unedited]


© Mfezi Sibisi
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Grade 10
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