IZipra Yodumo

IZipra Yodumo
Published: 23 November 2014 | by Thembani Dube
Izipra Yodumo

Sivunguzane sikaZulu
Esathi sisavunguz' abafo, savunguz' abafo
Sabaphonsel' esiwogweni somlilo,
Sabavunguza ngesivunguzo sodlame
Batsha baphela bathi du
OMasinda banqekuz' amakhanda,
Bayivum' imajolithi.

Zipra yodumo kaMatshobana
Magwaz' eqethukile sankunzane,
Mafavuke njengedangabane
NakaKhaful' inkafulakufa ngenkaba kuzitha,
Wen' owafak' amabhun' isibhaxu
Wababhaxuza baxathuk' imihlane
Wabakhombis' indlela ngokuphazima kweso.

Sigwagwagwa sikaMthwakazi wodumo
Owagwagwaza kwaqaqamb' amaqaqa buqamama,
Kwakhwaz' elikazamcolo,
Izintaba zazunguzeka zajinge zabingelelana,
Indwangu laboNkawu kwangquzul' ezihlahleni,
OMangobe bamane bangana baxawulana libalele
Amabhun' atekul' ehlez' emlovini bethi: Luyez'
Olukhul' oluloDlame, asazi sophephaphi.

Mkhatshwa kaNdaba
Ndonga zelekene zodumo zikaNyongolo,
Mavunula besabe,
Sithingithingi sophepho
Thina abatsha siyadumisa,
Siyakhothama njalo Ndabezitha,
Bayethe Zipra yodumo.

Source: From The Matabele Valleys: Poetry Echoes In The Land of Amakhosi
 
- Thembani Dube

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