You are her brother

She had lost her mother tongue
How he laughed too at her standing hair
That place where he felt stronger than her
So she sang empty reassuring words
So that he could sleep.

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2015.

26 thoughts on “You are her brother

  1. Villages have always been in motion. It is a lot of work being engaged and a valuable member of one small village. Imagine what it is like to be an engaged and valuable member of the whole world. As Tish was saying earlier, it is overwhelming.

    You are right about us being “replanted out of our original village”, Nature. Thank you for visiting and sharing your wisdom. Reminding us of where we need to be. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂

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  2. Dear Alia, I truly appreciate you taking the time to share your words here. Perhaps you will also like “A Poems worth” which you can find in my poetry collection, under the title “Love will wait”. Have a good evening. 🙂

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  3. It is difficult to understand it and live in it but we are in a whole lot of trouble if we have no respect for ourselves and each other. I appreciate your comment Celestine. 🙂

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  4. Dear Nomzi — I could feel the brother I never had in this poem. I could feel our devotion to one another that goes beyond words and makes life in a not-perfect-world possible and even, at times, assailable
    Blessings on your Thursday — looking forward to Monday, Alia

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  5. You’ve made me think that we might fare so much better if we could focus on the concept of ‘village’. Our focus is so scattered by distractions, and by a sense of a world being too big (scary?) to get our minds and emotions around. We end up feeling disempowered. Yet this is only a perception, not a reality. All of which is to say, we need your sharp focus, Nomzi – the words that bring us back to things that really matter.

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