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62 poems tagged TRIBUTE


»Time«

by Michael Mujera, Oct 5, 2017

Only time can heal / the scars so real / the brokenness you feel / / Only time can mend / where there is a bend / and were you think it can't / / A little longer, pray / That you may / find your way, / before the final day / / Time moves apace, / as we wait for heavenly grace / to see thy master's… read more »


»Prayer in pain but not in vain.«

by Brendon Tawanda Takarinda, Sep 15, 2017

Words of honor and the words / that were true even though pain / was with you. Prayers of the heart and / the words of the spirit that comforted / you. Prayer that lasts and the pain that / fades away. You still look back at the times / when men had spite towards you. Words were / aimed to kill the spirit… read more »


»trigger warning«

by Neo Musangi, Jan 27, 2017

"this is not for you". Truant has always been unreliable! / / this is for the ones who taught their tongues to swirl questions / around their mouths on nights that they couldn't ask / the ones who threw stones into waters but weren't excited by the pattern of their ripples- / so they hit their heads on…  sign in to read more »


»Shona Rhythms«

by Brendon Tawanda Takarinda, Nov 24, 2016

As the mountains echo / With the voices of Chimurenga / Warriors, the Rusape Forest contains / The music of children, mothers and / Daughters screaming for dear life. / The Mbira's mystical sounds reminding / Us of a past drenched with blood which / Sipped through the soil, and stripped the land of its…  sign in to read more »


»The best leader, best of the best: Dr C N Phatudi«

by Jacques Sprenkie Mateya, Jul 13, 2016

Absence of the best / You became astoundingly and astonishingly a leader. / Your name shone above the rest. / Like a light in the dark. / Brighter that the northern star / During vinegar day / / A leader / Honourably, / A honourable leader / / Custodian of chieftaincy and president of inspectors / The…  sign in to read more »


»Falling In Lover All Over Again«

by Abdul Milazi, Mar 29, 2016

I drank from ancient rivers as old as time / But never so sweet as the nectar of her smile / / She was just a girl named Jazz / Her beauty I could not capture in words / / Her eyes spoke truth / She said her real name was Ruth / / She cried a melancholic tune / Serenading the intoxicated moon / / Night…  sign in to read more »


»A Tribute to My Late Brother«

by Sava Hassan, Jan 26, 2016

With a broken heart I say to you / You will remain with me in spirit in whatever I do / I wish that I had the chance to say goodbye / But I hope that your soul is floating in the heavenly sky / To protect and guide me / To open my eyes and let me see / That life is too short / Holding grudges and bad…  sign in to read more »


»This kind of love«

by Abongile Gwele, Sep 7, 2015

A love that will never end. That will never be changed. / A love so deep it entangles and marries souls in melodies of hummingbirds and orchestras of the universe's heartbeat. / A love so unconditional the coldest days of June and hottest of November are mirror reflections. / A love so pure the moon…  sign in to read more »


»And if they ask«

by Abongile Gwele, Aug 4, 2015

And if they ask me about you I'll tell them exactly who you were / You lasted far more than just a moment when I first laid eyes on you / When I looked at your eyes the first time you drew me in so deep / Your gaze stirred my insides / It was an odd and disturbing feeling / So disturbing I wanted a…  sign in to read more »


»She died in silence«

by Fakazile Nkosi, Jul 15, 2015

She died in silence, she was never alone / But she died in silence. / She couldn't express that the burden she was / Carrying was too much, / She died in silence, they saw her bright smile / And no one realized she was dying inside. / / She died in silence, afraid of stigma / That mental illness is…  sign in to read more »


»Warrior of psychosocial. (Frans)«

by Fakazile Nkosi, May 15, 2015

You became a friend indeed the day you became a Friend in need, / As time goes by, / Day by day I tend to appreciate / The finer things about you / And the smallest things, / You rescued me from severe grief / And showed me the other side of life / You brought back the light in my pitch black world, / You…  sign in to read more »


»Free the blackman«

by Clem Squeeza Bee Mdue, Apr 15, 2015

Life is blown unto him / And yet he lives his life in shackles / Born with nothing / And strives to be something / / Tough as nails, hunts with lions and comes out unscathed / We cry free the blackman / Yet we lie in bondage chained only by ourselves / / Our land often said to be cursed, is it? / We hold…  sign in to read more »


»Power of words«

by Shylet Noma Clint, Nov 6, 2014

When I was but a young girl I just loved opposites, then I didn't know they attract. / Defying the odds and always being the odd one out, now I only find out it's what they call gender. / Female, feminine, phenomenal are words I started understanding when I became a young woman. / Pubic, puberty is not…  sign in to read more »


»Amy«

by Dzumbu Mmbara, Sep 23, 2014

You ran so quick / So we could learn to fly / Sang so loud / You raised a piano from the dead / Your hell was here / Stuck between demons / And now you are a gospel / With so much life in your death / You are the angel / That learned to fly so early / It broke it's wings / And now we are all masters / The beat…  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 »


»Marikana Tears of Blood«

by Abdul Milazi, Mar 2, 2014

Freedom was here / We are told / She stood right there / A sight to behold / Strong and mighty / Like the Drakensberg / / Did we slumber / Through the thunder / That heralded her coming? / Did we blink / And missed her mischievous wink? / / Marikana tears of blood / Mourn the death of the noble tree / Killed for…  sign in to read more »


»When I Walk The Streets Named After The Greats«

by Dan Mahlangu, Feb 12, 2014

When I walk the streets named after the greats / a trail of thoughts I form that leads to dates / of past injustices. At length I sigh, / knowing well that a teardrop is nigh. / / As the streets curve, I break the thought pattern / and view what their valiant efforts have brought, / gone are the soldiers…  sign in to read more »


»Do They?«

by Michael Strydom, Jan 17, 2014

If I had to carve out my tongue / Or lose a lung... / I would reach for my pen / And prove to you my friend / That God saw it…  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 »


»African Man«

by Phiwe Mbatha, Jul 28, 2013

No one understands / Your struggles, trials and tribulations / Your fear and your pain / Like a true African warrior / You have been tortured / You have been shot at / Yet you are still standing / / You have kept your family together / You never complain / You go out of your way / To make sure we eat / You…  sign in to read more »


»Faces in the tiles«

by Leo Long, Apr 18, 2013

Obscure, drawn, demented / With mouths a gasp / We blend in wishing to stand out / / The mop that sloshes / Keeps us clean / But below its dark and dingy / / Our screams of pain / Aching to be heard / Are masked by the ever shiny wax / / Too long have the feet of oppressors trodden us down / The scuffs that…  sign in to read more »


»What Do We Do?«

by Natachja De Weber, Mar 2, 2013

Sweet Anene Booysen, / Just 17 years old. / Her attacker was familiar, / So he lures her off alone. / Invited of his friends, / As if it was for fun. / Violate her innocence, / So you can just imagine. / Tells her not to scream, / As her perception changes. / "Don't hurt me I beg you please" / But her…  sign in to read more »


»Who is this woman ? AKA She is in me!«

by Shylet Noma Clint, Mar 1, 2013

She's confident, she confides. / Her skin is black and it aint going to crack. / Her body is not of an hour glass but she has class. / She is bald but that doesn't stop her from being bold. / Is that her face and I thought I was blinded by the sun. / She walks the talk and when she talks you can't help…  sign in to read more »


»Mum«

by Clem Squeeza Bee Mdue, Jan 11, 2013

She is the queen of my heart and / She captains the ship of my life / / Mum I call her and I know she is / Always there, giving her all to / Dig me out of any hole / My mother my warrior queen / / The woman who brought me to the world / And taught me how to lead a life / The bond that we share is stronger…  sign in to read more »


»Fat boy, Fat girl«

by Abha Thapliyal, Dec 3, 2012

Dear fat boy, / Your trousers don't fit / your ass is too big / People poke you for fun / and they don't let you run / / But I watch / and I know / that you're not a freak show / / Dear fat girl / Your top is too tight / and your figure isn't right / You wear make up all the time / Smear it all over like grime…  sign in to read more »


»Man of Stature«

by Clem Squeeza Bee Mdue, Dec 3, 2012

He walks with integrity and personifies a woman's / Dream man, speaks with determination and has the / Voice of reason. / / A man who knows no boundaries when it comes to / His family's needs, the man who leads with honour / And loves with passion / We are the men who never raise a hand to our women…  sign in to read more »


»Organ Donor«

by Clem Squeeza Bee Mdue, Dec 3, 2012

A life lost / A life gained / Death of a soul / Rise of another / / Eyes shut forever / Another pair given the / Chance to open again / / An organ donor / Giving the beat back / To the heart that was / Stopping / / You an organ donor / You help bring a withering / Rose back to life / Thank you for being an…  sign in to read more »


»Hillbrow«

by Clem Squeeza Bee Mdue, Nov 29, 2012

Big city lights where everything lays my beautiful town now big with crime / / A place once called home now filled with doom / The tears and blood shed races the streets / and shiver and uncertainty follow with every heart that beats / / A place once known as gold now forsaken by God / All the…  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 »


»I love you but you can leave«

by Maureen Direro, Sep 18, 2012

I gave you the one thing I treasure the most, / >My heart< / and here you've come to rob me of my joy, / robbing me of my dreams... / Why me? / I didn't choose this ok!... / Why you acting like a fool and blowing me off? / You know am a weakling, / but I can't come back, / when you came to me I listened to…  sign in to read more »


»Hey Woman«

by Shylet Noma Clint, Aug 20, 2012

Hey woman, wonderfully and fearfully made. / A flower that blossoms in all seasons, areas and atmospheres. / / Your scent gives breath of fresh air / Your presence brightens the day / / Woman your range and brand does not end / uprooted and planted elsewhere it does not change you, it makes you even…  sign in to read more »


»Free Style«

by Edward Iacona, Mar 28, 2012

It was in ninth grade English class / And my teacher was Miss Joan Frank / It was because of her love of poetry, / That I now have her to blame or thank. / / Poems came alive in her classroom / As we absorbed Lewis Caroll's whimsy / And many years later I still wonder what / And why, Borogoves are mimsey…  sign in to read more »


»Afridi Is king«

by Rabi Ul Islam, Mar 8, 2012

He holds his bat with all his might, / The bowlers bowl with full of fright. / He is the man, he is the king, / He smashes every ball out of the ring. / / Once he entered the pitch by chance, / And changed the game in a single glance. / He is the man depended on hard times, / For he is the king of all the…  sign in to read more »


»I And Aunt Polly«

by Uddalak Banerjee, Feb 21, 2012

One day said aunt polly, / "Why you boys are so silly?" / I said "how so, aunt Polly?" / She said, "you are naughty not holy" / / Bemused sat I in disgust, / until she came with a lovely flush. / She said, "I was joking my son totally!" / / She was old but I so young, / but she me never do a wrong, / all her…  sign in to read more »


»With Words«

by Amanda Mosidi, Jan 17, 2012

With words, I travel to faraway places, / go on adventures, / speak in foreign tongues, and / I enter stranger's houses and they welcome me like a long awaited visitor. / / With words, I transform people's lives, / make dreams a reality, / paint pictures and / I open people's eyes to the beauty around them…  sign in to read more »


»In my mind«

by Leo Long, Jan 6, 2012

In my mind I see them, children of the land, / Black as darkest Africa, standing with an outstretched hand. / I see their stomach's bloated, signs of despair, / Yet on I go with my life and couldn't even care. / / I smell the stench of flesh as vultures have their meal, / Yet my heart's turned hard...…  sign in to read more »


»Without my glasses«

by Leo Long, Dec 15, 2011

Worn... the scenes are vivid / Of angry protests, / Scowling faces, / And the sharp knife that rips the flesh. / / The gash of hate that wounds our nation / Clear stares me in the eyes. / There's no mistaking the gun he's wielding, / As in another hi-jacking a mother dies. / / Removed... the vivid scenes…  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 »


»Tears of ink«

by Leo Long, Dec 13, 2011

"To my Love"... I start the letter / Which I know will be a curse, / For we said we'd be together, for better... / And for worse. / / Each line that I pen / Forces a tear from my eye, / For I reminisce of back-then / Before I knew I was about to die. / / Ah, the warmth of summer days, / Before receiving the…  sign in to read more »


»They«

by Leo Long, Dec 13, 2011

... they are the nameless / the suggestors / the invisible advisors / because if "they say", then that's how it is / / ... no faces / yet resounding words / they echo in our heads / are they conscience? / / puppet masters / influencing our actions / we'd stake our lives on it, / ... because they say…  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 »


»The Fallen: Careless Hands of Time«

by Sage PoeticHustler Mokgosi, Sep 12, 2011

Within the careless hands of time, lay unrest, unbound inflictions of pain... / In depths of soil grains are stains caressed with blood left behind by those who were. / But, what was the body when life was always sought to be the soul? / If not a flaw ridden temple happy to be redeemed from the clause…  sign in to read more »


»Song«

by Rathnashikamani Bijja, Jun 21, 2011

You sing as if from the distant skies; / I take wings as my heart…  sign in to read more »


»Conversing with her!«

by Sage PoeticHustler Mokgosi, May 11, 2011

To my eyes it was a sight of pure bliss, / Incarnations of Queen Afrika herself. / A sight made to shutter shut jaws and make their tongues stutter endless silence, / Who could blame King Heart if he himself muttered words of slaves at her unintentional demand. / The latter was high and its matter wrote…  sign in to read more »


»Who Am I?«

by Sage PoeticHustler Mokgosi, Mar 17, 2011

To those who wonder who Sage is... / I am poet Sage, member of The PoeticHustlers. / / I am one who recites poems with Pun's GUN, / on an "I WANT HITS" kind of tip! / Birth words simply so complexly configured you can't help but shout "HELP", / while your fingers can't help but snap through my…  sign in to read more »


»The day she slept«

by Fortunate-Hero Lekgetho, Feb 24, 2011

The day she slept / was a bold summer's day / if death is a jest / do wake up I pray / for she lay / like a ship at bay / on that hot winter's day / / But when she died I say / ala's behold a smile on / her face I saw / the biggest this eyes have seen / that was the day she slept / but if death is a jest / do…  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 »


»I fell in love«

by Elias Wessie, Oct 1, 2010

Kisses and cares I enjoyed, / The love of infatuation and infertility, / Sweet surrendering words employed, / The child of nature beheld serenity. / The sweetest game of innocence, / Cheesecake compliments of adoration, / My salad days had no conscience, / I swooned, swayed with admiration, / The moon rose…  sign in to read more »


»Wally Serote«

by Lethal Poet, Sep 21, 2010

From the eyes of u - Wally Serote / / I saw the desire to be free / So / To inspire the masses with words of fire / Courage was your only inspiring attire / For fate showed you no affections / Constantly / You were blocked from Public expression / Like a dove locked inside the cage / / Yet / Freedom could…  sign in to read more »


»Beautiful Creation«

by Sakhile Koaho, Jul 26, 2010

A beautiful creation is what you are / Opinionative and Sincere / Smart and versatile / You one of a kind / / A beautiful creation is what you are / Humble and trustworthy / Sweet and lovely / Yo…  sign in to read more »


»When Leopards become Tigers«

by Anesa Dindar, Jul 26, 2010

The paradigm that 'leopards don't change their spots' / always rang true / until this leopard / grew tired of her spots / wanted something different / longed for something new / / until this leopard / threw off that oppressive spot / that before would never change / refused to change / / until this leopard…  sign in to read more »


»...it's how you see the world«

by Mbuso Mkhonto Kumalo, Jan 21, 2010

Be glad, be joyful, but be humbled by your neighbors' surroundings, / Be jolly, smile broadly and honestly, but allow yourself to show humility, / Be happy, stay honest, uphold integrity with a gently ironed fist, but be true to yourself first. / / Because in the end, a volatile spirit will corrupt and…  sign in to read more »


»Untitled«

by Mbuso Mkhonto Kumalo, Jan 21, 2010

1. I see you've wiped your tears, / 2. I'm glad to see you smile, / 3. It brings tears to my eyes, / 4. when I see you've learnt to smile. / / 5. You laugh instead of cry, / 6. What change has brought this light? / 7. What magic made this right? / 8. Or, did death die during the night? / / 9. It warms my…  sign in to read more »


»Another bet«

by Filiberto Rodriguez, Nov 6, 2009

How deep do you want me to go? / All the time you're talking about this other friend / coveting your things for $50.00. / For what it's worth, you might as well hand it over. / You are not thinking straight. / I gave you a good deal and it's not the deal! / You're actually thinking twice to make another…  sign in to read more »


»Love Lost«

by Filiberto Rodriguez, Nov 6, 2009

The weirdest thing happens to me. / Every time I keep hitting rock bottom hard. / People seem to take advantage of my generosity. / What am I doing wrong? / Cut on your loss I figure. / What does that mean really? / I can see in people's eyes they do not care. / For me is like biting off a huge chunk of…  sign in to read more »


»The Poets Have Spoken«

by Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe, Sep 9, 2009

To all who have composed / The verses here on this website; / To all the readers out there / And to Bob, the man himself, / Whose idea brought their voices / To the ears of the world / That has enjoyed this collection; / Thank these poets with clashes / Of clarinets, cymbals and trumpets. / These are the men…  sign in to read more »


»Maybe you never existed«

by Happy Towers Mhebheru Mhlongo, Jul 29, 2009

Looking at the work done / Staring from the king of sonnet / Maybe you never existed. / All the poems was just a story / And the name was just made up / Why you lived at the 18th? / Maybe it was written by someone to motivate us / / Oh, if you were that good... tell us: / How you made it / I mean how you got…  sign in to read more »


»Our Soldier«

by Jayram Daya, Jul 28, 2009

In a passing parade / With a stern salute / Marches a soldier / For his countries glory / / In a moving band / With disciplined steps / He is always ready / For the call of duty / / With commands or orders / Alerted in attention / He braves ahead / For any task or mission / / In the changing wars / From…  sign in to read more »


»Saying Goodbye One Last Time«

by Diane Brents, Jul 6, 2009

It was meant to happen different, / He wasn't supposed to die, / It wasn't meant to happen so soon, / I wanted him to stay a little longer, / I didn't want him to leave us. / I didn't get to say goodbye to him, / I wanted him to come back home but not like that, / I want to turn back time and make him…  sign in to read more »


»An ode to Michael Jackson [August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009]«

by Ryan Gordon Penn, Jun 27, 2009

The World lost its eldest Child today / In a white sheet he was wrapped and driven away / He was the King of Pop, adored, loved and self-styled / He showed us that it's OK to let out the inner child / / "You were the outcast, the dreamer and underdog / Who overcame it all to be the King of Pop / We will…  sign in to read more »


»Ode to Wacko Jacko«

by Mamello Monageng, Jun 27, 2009

We got to know you through your voice at 11 years old / You led a life that we could not understand / Whilst others chose to judge you / Many chose to cherish your talents / For as much as a man lived his life / He too can give something valuable to the world / / You started with the man on the mirror…  sign in to read more »


»Poetry Is.«

by Lethu Kheswa, Jan 1, 1970

The life that flows in my veins, / an air-vent to eliminate my pains. / As naturally as I drink and as simply as I breathe, / as undisturbed as the rising of the sun and moon and the distant sparkle of the stars. / It moves with what defines me, in perfect symphony. / A simple and effortless art…  sign in to read more »