I rise up with deaf ears, red eyes and a pounding heart

I rise up with deaf ears, red eyes and a pounding heart
Published: 06 August 2017 | by Nkosinathi Mkhwananzi

I have heard the tale of my people

told in a strange language from afar.

An ugly string of twisted lies

spun in the darkest loom.

I have heard the story of my ancestors,

told by the stranger with a skin of ghosts

and the heart of snakes.


I have read the story of my people,

written by fake heroes.

Dark skinned like me but with a heart deep and full of evil.

I have heard the screams of my people,

above the hungry flames of fire.


l have heard more than enough of lies

said with all forms of cunning tongue.

l rise up with deaf ears, red eyes and a pounding heart.

l shall listen no more to any voice about my people.


l shall tell the story myself

not in sad words and a heavy heart.

l shall tell the story myself in

brave acts of revolution.

Shunning all scorn.


l shall listen no more to any

description or judgment of my actions.

l shall hear no voice above my claim of freedom.

I shall see no more to their laws and threats.

Till the day l shall hear the United voice of my people.

Singing a new anthem


Then and only then,

shall  l open my eyes

and heart to the words of praise,


- Source: Nkosinathi Mkhwananzi, published by umthwakazireview.com

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