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Word explosion

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Word Spoken
With inspiration drawn from
the hills
The mountains
The valleys
The trees
And now the streets

Stage is now the field of expression
In a format of a thunderclap: explosions
As a result of these verses that scream…
To hell with destruction,

Explosives…

Are now wrapped and sealed in metaphors
Embroidered perfectly on tongue motions
Swift as sound of oceans

Explosive…

Shall burst in flammable boom-boom verses
And when time is right
Word shall be spoken
And when time arrives
Word shall be a token
For these chains broken

Word shall be spoken

Icebound

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Poet's Protest

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Born to flames
Conceived in between rows
Reared to spark riots and
Fled the norm

Circumvented paths of super stars
This royal son
A societal black-ship that causes riots
Even during this season
When status-quo questioning
is labeled as chaos
A non-patriot
that treads harshly on red carpets
Even at times at gala sermons
Where imbibing venom
Is a vivid norm

A random pick-up on issues

Now check it

Unemployment, poverty
And countless other foreign concepts
Injected forcefully into the mindsets
Thinking tendencies of my peers

I’d like to launch a protest

Against the prevalent ignorance
Of today’s writers, the so-called poets
Who see but refuse to speak
About what the eye receives

My awareness-campaign to you poets
Social ills are fast approaching peak
Today’s peace means war
April 27 94 has come and gone

So they say… you reap what you sow
But Hani, Biko, Sobukwe
Never planted seeds
that shall bear these rotten crops

Icebound

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  1. lets institutionalize lirics such as these, transform them into laws and policies, let these lyrics manifest as colleges and vanities, so while we righteously chant “fees must fall” these must rise and stand tall. Let these lirics be tangible as organizations socially let them controll our economy. For these are already a philosophy. These lyrics are a Sobukwe’s solution ” Pro-black anti no one”

    Tukiselletso

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Biography

“Born to flames
Conceived in between rows
reared to spark riots
and fled the norm”

These are the lines from a 30-year-old Free State’s spoken-word activist and poet, Serame Makhele popularly known as Icebound. He uses these words extracted from a piece called Poet’s protest to introduce himself, in a nutshell, to audiences. Icebound draws his inspiration from countless Pan-African writers that he studied and read as a youngster and continues to explore.

His unique style of performance which he termed Rhyme and Reason, Rhythm and Content, illustrates a perfect incorporation of rap and ragga into classical African poetry and literature. Icebound prefers mainly to write and perform about hardcore socio-politico and economic issues. This can be proven by words quoted from his controversial piece titled Burn dem up and destroy dem:

Capitalism and fascism
Modern-day Nazism and imperialism
We use spoken-word as a mechanism
To burn them up and destroy them

 

Icebound

Icebound
Icebound

Biography

“Born to flames
Conceived in between rows
reared to spark riots
and fled the norm”

These are the lines from a 30-year-old Free State’s spoken-word activist and poet, Serame Makhele popularly known as Icebound. He uses these words extracted from a piece called Poet’s protest to introduce himself, in a nutshell, to audiences. Icebound draws his inspiration from countless Pan-African writers that he studied and read as a youngster and continues to explore.

His unique style of performance which he termed Rhyme and Reason, Rhythm and Content, illustrates a perfect incorporation of rap and ragga into classical African poetry and literature. Icebound prefers mainly to write and perform about hardcore socio-politico and economic issues. This can be proven by words quoted from his controversial piece titled Burn dem up and destroy dem:

Capitalism and fascism
Modern-day Nazism and imperialism
We use spoken-word as a mechanism
To burn them up and destroy them

 

Word explosion

Enlarge poem

Word Spoken
With inspiration drawn from
the hills
The mountains
The valleys
The trees
And now the streets

Stage is now the field of expression
In a format of a thunderclap: explosions
As a result of these verses that scream…
To hell with destruction,

Explosives…

Are now wrapped and sealed in metaphors
Embroidered perfectly on tongue motions
Swift as sound of oceans

Explosive…

Shall burst in flammable boom-boom verses
And when time is right
Word shall be spoken
And when time arrives
Word shall be a token
For these chains broken

Word shall be spoken

Featured Poem:

Poet's Protest

Enlarge poem

Born to flames
Conceived in between rows
Reared to spark riots and
Fled the norm

Circumvented paths of super stars
This royal son
A societal black-ship that causes riots
Even during this season
When status-quo questioning
is labeled as chaos
A non-patriot
that treads harshly on red carpets
Even at times at gala sermons
Where imbibing venom
Is a vivid norm

A random pick-up on issues

Now check it

Unemployment, poverty
And countless other foreign concepts
Injected forcefully into the mindsets
Thinking tendencies of my peers

I’d like to launch a protest

Against the prevalent ignorance
Of today’s writers, the so-called poets
Who see but refuse to speak
About what the eye receives

My awareness-campaign to you poets
Social ills are fast approaching peak
Today’s peace means war
April 27 94 has come and gone

So they say… you reap what you sow
But Hani, Biko, Sobukwe
Never planted seeds
that shall bear these rotten crops

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (2)
  • 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)

Word explosion

Enlarge poem

Word Spoken
With inspiration drawn from
the hills
The mountains
The valleys
The trees
And now the streets

Stage is now the field of expression
In a format of a thunderclap: explosions
As a result of these verses that scream…
To hell with destruction,

Explosives…

Are now wrapped and sealed in metaphors
Embroidered perfectly on tongue motions
Swift as sound of oceans

Explosive…

Shall burst in flammable boom-boom verses
And when time is right
Word shall be spoken
And when time arrives
Word shall be a token
For these chains broken

Word shall be spoken

Comments

  1. lets institutionalize lirics such as these, transform them into laws and policies, let these lyrics manifest as colleges and vanities, so while we righteously chant “fees must fall” these must rise and stand tall. Let these lirics be tangible as organizations socially let them controll our economy. For these are already a philosophy. These lyrics are a Sobukwe’s solution ” Pro-black anti no one”

    Tukiselletso

Your email address will not be published.