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43 poems tagged PARENTS


»Motherly Love«

by Happy Towers Mhebheru Mhlongo, Jun 16, 2016

Nine months in mother's womb / Plus two years of training to walk / Adding more years to teach to talk / Never forgetting the years of showing how to discover and fit well to the world so cold.. / / Yet some hours never experienced with mother. / Feels like a snap from Shaka's Spear stretching that…  sign in to read more »


»My step-mother«

by Fay Mbiwa ThePoet, Apr 24, 2015

My step-mother is a beast, / She has a big ugly nose, / She walks with heavy steps, / Her voice shakes the house, / Her hair is long and unkept, / Her nails are as tough as metal. / / My step-mother is a witch, / She bewitched father, / He sees her as right, / And all of us as wrong, / Father is her slave,…  sign in to read more »


»The Voice, Guess who?«

by Shylet Noma Clint, Aug 4, 2014

I love lonely hearts. / I hate faithful partners. / I love married women and men they are my easy target. / Temptation is my trend. / I hate it when people block me. / I love teenagers who are going through adolescence and life challenges. / I hate it when they abstain. / Guess who? / / I lie but who doesn'…  sign in to read more »


»Our Cultures Forgotten«

by Blessing Ntsaluba, Jun 25, 2014

Our Cultures Forgotten, / Mother Tong Never Spoken, / Equality never shared and Friendship never cherished. / / We are lost by our fathers, abandoned by our mothers / laughed at by our neighbors, taken grant-age by our friends / and even killed by our loved ones. / / Our Souls are no more treasured, Money…  sign in to read more »


»The love of my mother«

by Suman Malekani, Jun 25, 2014

They laughed at my hair / She played with my braids / / They picked on my clothes / She called me a princess / / They asked me not to scream / She tickled me when I was quiet / / They stalked on me everyday / She held my hand very tight / / I was never & never will be / The same girl that I used to be / A…  sign in to read more »


»To our tender mothers«

by Siyanda Nkosi, Apr 20, 2014

Cogent yet so gentle. / Herculean and yet so affectionate. / Always so philosophic,tender,lovi…  sign in to read more »


»I am not an addict by choice«

by Thomas Mpho Ndlovu, Feb 12, 2014

Don't judge me / I am not an addict by choice / I fell inlove with a girl / A girl my father did not approve of / The more I tried to stay away / Was the more inlove I fell / / Don't judge me / I am not an addict by choice / A perfect family of 3 ruined by a girl / A gal my father did not approve of / It was…  sign in to read more »


»Mama«

by Kgomotso J Kgopa, Dec 11, 2013

These words are just a shadow of what you really mean and stand for in my life / Yes an old testament that does not begin to newly testify the woman that you are / / The silence of midnight was broken by your screams as labour stood knocking / On the door of past and present / Each foot on each realm…  sign in to read more »


»Woman you beauty!«

by Kgomotso J Kgopa, Mar 1, 2013

She holds the blade on its sharpest tip! / Woman the matriarch! / So soft and fragile on the outside / Yet so tough like a Lonsdaleite stone on the inside / Her stories and sufferings are often untold! / / Early she rises before the sun / Her children know her and call her by name! / Her descendants feel…  sign in to read more »


»My Mother«

by Darlyne J, Jan 15, 2013

Oh God has blessed me with such a wonderful mother like You / You can never be replaced and I thank you for all You do / There are not enough ways to show You my appreciation / For as we grow older to one day reach our heavenly destination / I do not only give thanks to you on this day / But I will…  sign in to read more »


»Mother«

by Anthea De Bruyn, Nov 19, 2012

Just because I can't touch you like I did before / Doesn't mean I don't feel you, every single day / And just because I wont see you walking through my door / Doesn't mean I've lost sight it was you who showed me the way / / You have lumbered through your fair share of thorns and weeds / But I have never…  sign in to read more »


»Gone too soon«

by Ryan Gordon Penn, Jun 29, 2012

Oh what joy / it is to create / Another life, from love / to grow within / / Oh how tiny you are / barely an inch / But what a big / change you bring to me / / If only you could listen / maybe you do / If only I could speak / to my adorable you / / I am committed to protect / you from this strange world / I…  sign in to read more »


»A gift to my mother«

by Abha Thapliyal, May 20, 2012

You were created from a light / A light of generous gifts / You were born to be and fight / And to stoically anchor shifts / / You did not want to come / Because the light burned you too / You were brighter than the sun / And too good to be true / / A unique life from the start / And suffering which ran…  sign in to read more »


»Greater than the word great: Woman«

by Sibongile Mphakalasi, Feb 5, 2012

How do I describe , / I'll take time to scribe, / Beauty beyond what meets the eye, / Hunger that no bread can fill, / In tears you spread a smile / / God's grace incarnate / With a burden of your own load / You still say "let me thine hold"... / / Love so passionate...yet gentle / Given for nothing in…  sign in to read more »


»Think of the little children«

by Leo Long, Jan 2, 2012

So many times we've decided, "It's time we split up!", / But then we find we just can't give up. / It's not for each other; it's for the children we care, / On them it's unfair, / They stand in the corner helpless and bare. / / There's so much to remember my daughter, my son, / But all I can think of is…  sign in to read more »


»Daddy won't be coming home tonight«

by Leo Long, Dec 14, 2011

The steam that rises from the shell / Mists up the scope lens / A steady hand etches a heart / Through which the other bleeds / / A tattered pass absorbs the flood / Inches from the silent hand / That reached beneath his thread bare coat / A white flag not received / / The towel-head becomes another scratch…  sign in to read more »


»Women: Scriptures to Her Majesty«

by Sage PoeticHustler Mokgosi, Sep 13, 2011

It is by far a great sense of retribution that I met you in seas of sorrow, / Maybe to borrow your fists for those detrimental forced on hallow bullets of misbelief, / In you I find peace beyond that sparkle of stars that are born thus from their father's wings... / Their father being our Sun, / He…  sign in to read more »


»Up Yonder«

by Taahir Chagan, May 17, 2011

I'm taking to the road / I'm going home / Up yonder / Far up yonder / / The dust-ridden sandy trail / Is lined with reddish orange leaves / That fall gracefully from the big tall oak trees / Which parallel the long winding way / / I'm welcomed by the lively Sunday market / On the cobble-stoned town square…  sign in to read more »


»A gift for my dad«

by Joanna Clarke, Apr 8, 2011

I have a present to give to you dad / It's the guilt I've lived with, it's made me so sad / I thought it was mine but now I can see / It was yours to carry for eternity / I've carried that guilt right from the start / And slowly, it's been breaking my heart / I've lived with that guilt, but it was…  sign in to read more »


»Childhood«

by Joanna Clarke, Apr 5, 2011

Living in fear-hope death is near / Battered and bruised-so confused / Object of lust-self disgust / Happy Birthday 4-child whore / Feeling li…  sign in to read more »


»Life sentence, no parole«

by Joanna Clarke, Apr 4, 2011

The cloud of depression once again starts to descend, / Victims get life sentences, not those who offend, / A couple of months and they get to walk free, / You should lock them up and dispose of the key, / Paedophiles rights? That's all that we hear, / Where's the child's rights to grow up without fear…  sign in to read more »


»My mom, a hero«

by Happy Towers Mhebheru Mhlongo, Feb 18, 2011

Phenomenal, encouraging, role model / Superwomen, soul touching, self-motivated / From birth to manhood, she's there / Motivator, entertainer, gospel / The winner is in her / Food provider, soul provider / The human in her is soul touching / Widow (1997), which survived storm and hurricane. / The women in…  sign in to read more »


»Merry Questmas«

by Edward Iacona, Jan 3, 2011

Once upon a Christmas time / That was now many years ago / I was thinking about my Christmases past / With a warm and nostalgic glow. / / I wanted to share my childhood / And all the things I did. / It would give some depth to stories / That start, "Well, when I was a kid..." / / A vivid memory of my youth…  sign in to read more »


»From Beginning To End«

by Shuaib Yunus Soni, Dec 12, 2010

A very long awaited, phenomenal miracle, / A bundle to cherish and flood with love, / That noise-making little screamer, / Sent steadily from above. / Nine months he had to crankily wait, / To open his new-formed eyes, / Though when the moment finally came, / All that was heard was his cries. / The…  sign in to read more »


»See my Life«

by Ryan Gordon Penn, Dec 6, 2010

Through eyes blinded by judgements with no basis / See what you want, Allowing no graces / Waiting for me to turn around to sink your knife / You have no idea, Oh! You should see my life / / Pay no respect, You can't even afford a smile / Stubborn ignorance, That's just so your style / Step outside for a…  sign in to read more »


»Coolie Miracle«

by Ravi Moopen, Nov 17, 2010

Hey son of the indentured, / Progeny of salvation, / Bringer of hope, / Child of prosperity, / Like slaves we bore the scars of indignation, / In you we vested our sacrifice, the new culture, / Your grooming, / A language lost, a new one gained, / A generation past that scorched in the sun, / A generation…  sign in to read more »


»Virtue of the child«

by Ntombizonke Happiness Mehlomakulu, Oct 8, 2010

I am a child born of good intent / But, am I wrong for being here? / I need to know if this is true. / Who can answer me? / I really need to know who am I / I am young yet, feel besieged / Why is this so? / Where's my virtue / I'm raped of my being and feel voiceless / I'm consigned to darkness / Far from…  sign in to read more »


»A woman strong«

by Puleng Monare, Aug 11, 2010

Her heart is full of scars / yet she can still love / Cried a lot in this life time / but the teare are not yet over / she tried many times to leave / but the love she has always stops her / She is abused everyday / yet she doesn't play the victim. / / She covers her scars her bruises / with a big smile on…  sign in to read more »


»He who calls himself "my father"«

by Maureen Direro, Jul 29, 2010

He who calls himself "my father" / Doesn't know my second name / He who calls himself "my father" / Remembers that he is my father on father's day / He who calls himself "my father" / Never held my hand and looked into my eyes and said don't go there / I tried impressing him through merits / But he knows…  sign in to read more »


»In Her Arms«

by Maureen Direro, Jun 30, 2010

Those are that comforted me in a time of need... / Those arms that comforted me in a time of shame... / Those arms which caried me after my formation... / Those arms which I / waited to see before my formation... / I could trade everything for Those arms... / and I shall never trade anything else... / And…  sign in to read more »


»Father's Day«

by Esther Odendaal, Jun 24, 2010

Never mind the presents / The cards nobody bought / Are you the kind of father / Who acts the way he ought? / / This special day is nothing / But time we set aside / To focus on the gifts / That fatherhood provides. / If you cannot smile / And sense the love you brought / Remember all the fun / The lessons you…  sign in to read more »


»my father«

by Puleng Monare, Mar 11, 2010

For a long time I thought I had none, / for a long time I did not think of him / It was as if he didn't exist. / I didn't pray for him, / didn't wish to see him, / didn't want to know him / simply because he abandoned me / simply because he wanted nothing to do with me / sometimes I wonder if he ever…  sign in to read more »


»Words of a mixed race girl«

by Anesa Dindar, Feb 12, 2010

What are you? / / They ask, 'What are you?' / looking at me strangely - / wondering, whispering, enquiring, deliberating, / / Assessing me keenly - / hair, nose, skin, colour, / / Appraising me openly - / race, creed, culture, ethnicity / / Evaluating me eagerly - / mixture, combination, concoction,…  sign in to read more »


»Real Life Lesson«

by Edward Iacona, Nov 24, 2009

To be a student in your class / was certainly considered a coup / All the kids sure wanted you / and maybe a few mommies too. / / Beyond the Three R's you traveled, / your lessons laced with mirth. / You taught of wolves and wildlife / and conservation of the Earth / / Your teaching rings with wisdom / of…  sign in to read more »


»I grew up/Golden egg«

by Happy Towers Mhebheru Mhlongo, Oct 28, 2009

I grow up knowing that: / A woman is a golden egg / That must not be dropped / Must not be left in the sun / Because it will melt. / / I grow up / With believes that she must be always happy at all cost. / And be treated with care and respect. / Where I'm from, a woman is something special / That must not be…  sign in to read more »


»My 3 daughters«

by Bartho Geldenhuys, Oct 9, 2009

Birth, born, each one of you came / Daughters, three of you, each one for me / Blessed I am, making me a father / Dreams form, what will become of each daughter / / Protective as only a father can be / Showing them off proudly, they were given to me / Pretty they will be, any aspiring gallant knight's…  sign in to read more »


»A Daughter Lost, A Daughter Found«

by Larry Lenwell, Aug 27, 2009

For years and years I searched for her, after she vanished / Her mother took her from my life and I found myself banished / I searched through Google, and the World Wide Web / I did not know whether she was alive or maybe dead / / Time went by and I was more and more in despair / Wondering and thinking…  sign in to read more »


»Tell me the secret«

by Tiema Muindi, Aug 27, 2009

I wanted to ask you / Even when in turmoil / Of your life / And all doors closed / That tomorrow's tunnel / Seemed to have no light / I wanted to ask you / Why did you still smile / / I wanted to ask you / When your dreams / Have no glimmer of hope / When your efforts / Are just a drop / In the ocean / But still…  sign in to read more »


»The Witness«

by Ryan Gordon Penn, May 4, 2009

The Daddy hit the Mommy and the Child felt the pain / The Daddy hit the Bottle and the Child will do the same / The Mommy cried at night and the Child got the blame / The Mommy became reclusive and the child was ashamed / The Daddy lost his job and the Mommy had to find work / The Mommy had only brought…  sign in to read more »


»Family Honour«

by Tiema Muindi, Apr 21, 2009

One time / I thought I was strong / But now / Pieces are my hopes / Ashes are my dreams / Blown away / By the wind / / There's no eye / That has not wept / There's no pain / That I have not had / And scars of life / Are my tattoos / From the highway of life / That I have walked through / That sometimes I wonder…  sign in to read more »


»why?«

by Khwezilokusa Sobuza, Mar 5, 2009

why is when i'm filled with confusion / why is when i'm clueless of reason to your actions / but this "why" is all I have lately / / why give me the ability to fly / when you won't let me spread my wings / and sore like a bird into new ventures / why give me the ability to think / when you don't like what…  sign in to read more »


»Mother Nature's Miracle«

by Helen Griggs, Feb 27, 2009

If you've never been a parent / Then you won't relate to this / When that tiny little being comes / And on your heart implants a kiss / / So soft, so smooth, so fragile / Afraid to touch in case they break / Just watching each contented sigh / Such calm and peace before they wake / / How does Mother Nature…  sign in to read more »


»Happiness«

by Marlene Cozett, Jan 26, 2009

Yes I still have some / It's like looking in a mirror so very long ago / When being free, was sitting in a tree / / I get free hugs, free kisses, at every turn / Kisses and hugs without the burn / / Whispering secrets and special stories, / Laughing at mistakes, nothing so serious / / When being silly is…  sign in to read more »