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After Midnight

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in the heart of the night
whilst the world is in repose
and sleep shuns me

leering through the seams
of this nocturnal occurrence
i am witness to a different realm as
my soul dances to this nightly purgatory channelling visions to those lost in slumber i playwright dreams.

Ayob Vania

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Self Sacrifise

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i am a peacock
i am a humming bird i am a nightingale
from an early age my talents have been coveted and nurtured and now, at the extremity of my spring
the craft that has become my life is in a downward spiral
like i always have
i stand tall and display our glory i sing our story
i sing alto and soprano
i embellish my flesh as i lay my soul bare,
whilst the sycophant secretly scuttles for safety.
i stand as the lead singer with a devoted band bravely sustaining my efforts to recover acknowledgement even at the evident end.
i am a nightingale
i am a humming bird i am a peacock
i am the song bird turned mythical creature
sticks and stones, bruised and broke the bones of my peers
but for me you chose words
to break my spirit
you have turned your backs on me
because i made it public that i like my bread buttered on both sides
i used to love you
i will always love you dearly
for i am your proverbial phoenix and from my ashes i will rise again

i sing alto and soprano
i sing our story
i stand tall and display our glory
i am a peacock i stand tall and display our glory i am a humming bird – i sing our story
i am a nightingale i sing alto and soprano
my voice muted
i am a caged bird i am a caged bird i am a caged bird

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Biography

Ayob Vania is a Content and Communications Architect with a passion for community development [analogue and digital] and has a writing and performance history dating back to primary school when he plagiarized lines from different poets to write love letters.

Since then Ayob has been an integral part of the development of the Poetry Community in Johannesburg, both as a writer/performer as well as an activist/administrator/promoter.

Having started performing in early 2000’s when there were few platforms available, Ayob has devoted much of his efforts in developing performance platforms as well as developing content and communication initiatives around these platforms.

Over the years Ayob has used his skills as a writer for both print and broadcast mediums as well as in the fields of Public Relations, Online Content Development and Corporate Communications.

Ayob is currently the head of Content and Multimedia at the Word N Sound Live Literature Company where he is intimately involved in the developments and dissemination of poetry related content as well as conceptualizing and managing poetry and live literature experiences.

Ayob Vania

Biography

Ayob Vania is a Content and Communications Architect with a passion for community development [analogue and digital] and has a writing and performance history dating back to primary school when he plagiarized lines from different poets to write love letters.

Since then Ayob has been an integral part of the development of the Poetry Community in Johannesburg, both as a writer/performer as well as an activist/administrator/promoter.

Having started performing in early 2000’s when there were few platforms available, Ayob has devoted much of his efforts in developing performance platforms as well as developing content and communication initiatives around these platforms.

Over the years Ayob has used his skills as a writer for both print and broadcast mediums as well as in the fields of Public Relations, Online Content Development and Corporate Communications.

Ayob is currently the head of Content and Multimedia at the Word N Sound Live Literature Company where he is intimately involved in the developments and dissemination of poetry related content as well as conceptualizing and managing poetry and live literature experiences.

After Midnight

Enlarge poem

in the heart of the night
whilst the world is in repose
and sleep shuns me

leering through the seams
of this nocturnal occurrence
i am witness to a different realm as
my soul dances to this nightly purgatory channelling visions to those lost in slumber i playwright dreams.

Featured Poem:

Self Sacrifise

Enlarge poem

i am a peacock
i am a humming bird i am a nightingale
from an early age my talents have been coveted and nurtured and now, at the extremity of my spring
the craft that has become my life is in a downward spiral
like i always have
i stand tall and display our glory i sing our story
i sing alto and soprano
i embellish my flesh as i lay my soul bare,
whilst the sycophant secretly scuttles for safety.
i stand as the lead singer with a devoted band bravely sustaining my efforts to recover acknowledgement even at the evident end.
i am a nightingale
i am a humming bird i am a peacock
i am the song bird turned mythical creature
sticks and stones, bruised and broke the bones of my peers
but for me you chose words
to break my spirit
you have turned your backs on me
because i made it public that i like my bread buttered on both sides
i used to love you
i will always love you dearly
for i am your proverbial phoenix and from my ashes i will rise again

i sing alto and soprano
i sing our story
i stand tall and display our glory
i am a peacock i stand tall and display our glory i am a humming bird – i sing our story
i am a nightingale i sing alto and soprano
my voice muted
i am a caged bird i am a caged bird i am a caged bird

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (0)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (0)
  • Reflection (1)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (1)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (0)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

After Midnight

Enlarge poem

in the heart of the night
whilst the world is in repose
and sleep shuns me

leering through the seams
of this nocturnal occurrence
i am witness to a different realm as
my soul dances to this nightly purgatory channelling visions to those lost in slumber i playwright dreams.

Comments

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