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Poetry: This Is Why I Chose Silence

By Kwanele Khumalo

With a mindset full 

Like granaries full of harvested maize.

A spark of thinking,

Like a lightning

Or bullets fired by an

Angry, crazy soldier.

I thought of building,

A fortified community.

With buildings,

Stronger than mountains.

I throw stones and bricks to,

The comrades,

For them to use

In building.

They attack me,

With those same

Bricks and stones.

They don’t answer the questions,

They question,

Dispute the answers

Killing the only,

Black bull remaining,

In the community

If I speak,

They grumble and jeer.

Who bewitched,

My beloved kinsmen,

How should I survive

With one eye,

Among the blind

Folded people?

***Mntungwa kaMbulazi***

Nyaladzi Lester Kole

Nyaladzi Lester Kole is my full name. I was born in Plumtree and did my primary education in three different schools: Mlomwe Primary (Grade 1 to 3), Nopemano Primary (Grade 4 to 6) and Thekwane Primary Grade 7. I did my secondary education in Thekwane High (Form 1 to 6). I also did my degree in Publishing Studies at National Univesity of Science and Technology (NUST) and graduated in 2021. Currently working as a publisher at Scrivener Zimbabwe.

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