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Bound: Lie To Me

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You lie to me.
You tell me secrets and tell me truths.
You fail me in the darkest of times;
But not without effort.
You try to see beyond the surface.
You hunt beyond the screens.

When veiled in visors-
When sheathed beneath clouds-
Wells swell and emotions emit themselves.
You tear and you dry up.
You smile and try to hide the agony.

You barely realise your strength.
You fail to see the reach of your gaze.
Your mind is sharp yet blunted by kindness.
You forget that you constantly feed me.
You feed me and I always hunger.

I hunger for friends loved.
I thirst for friends lost.
I crave faces.
I lust for napes and smalls where lips once lingered.
I hunger and thirst and crave and lust…
You give and give and give and give.

You feed me and I continue to want more.
You lie to me.
You lie with me.
When your eyes are clothed by lids-
When you create the darkest of darkness-
You leave me with dreams.

You lie to me.
You tell me secrets and tell me truths.
Sometimes I realise and other times I choose not to.
You and I are one;
Separated by regrets and desires.

Katlego K Kol-Kes

Featured Poem:

Before the sun comes up

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Before the sun comes up:
When the eyes of those
who creep around in day, alight,
yet dance with tender
taps and bats.

Before the sun comes up:
When stillness captures your breath
as you birth it to the open air;
gently held still in time.

When the first and last,
the least and most,
the this and that of
our lived experiences are
equal and null.

Before it all begins
to sing the melancholic blues
of a wanton soul
pierced by the heat of
heavy footed rays, stomping
in a ritualised massacre;
a masquerade.

Before the tongues would wag
excitedly, building to
a crescendo. A rhythmic orgy
taking hold of ears and
minds that thirst for
more than swatting flies
and long-faced buck.

When sound is hollow
and echoless. When listening
is less than knowing;
knowing that to hear is not
to have heard.

When philosophies levitate like
barren aqueous bodies.
When…
When…
When…

We’ll meet then…

katlego badilisha

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Biography

Katlego K Kol-Kes is a 2015 Centre for African Cultural Excellence Writivist, Trans* ARTivist, writer, musician, educator and theatre producer. She is founder of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival, “Queer Me Out” blog, and a 2013/14 Best of Botswana “Performing Arts” Artist honouree. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.

Kol-Kes is a WITS University BA Dramatic Arts Honours graduate. Her writing appears in the Kalahari Review, Peolwane Magazine, The Washington Blade, Afropunk.com and EliteDaily.com.

kkolkes.wix.com/kkolkes

Katlego K Kol-Kes

katlego badilisha
katlego badilisha

Biography

Katlego K Kol-Kes is a 2015 Centre for African Cultural Excellence Writivist, Trans* ARTivist, writer, musician, educator and theatre producer. She is founder of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival, “Queer Me Out” blog, and a 2013/14 Best of Botswana “Performing Arts” Artist honouree. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.

Kol-Kes is a WITS University BA Dramatic Arts Honours graduate. Her writing appears in the Kalahari Review, Peolwane Magazine, The Washington Blade, Afropunk.com and EliteDaily.com.

kkolkes.wix.com/kkolkes

Bound: Lie To Me

Enlarge poem

You lie to me.
You tell me secrets and tell me truths.
You fail me in the darkest of times;
But not without effort.
You try to see beyond the surface.
You hunt beyond the screens.

When veiled in visors-
When sheathed beneath clouds-
Wells swell and emotions emit themselves.
You tear and you dry up.
You smile and try to hide the agony.

You barely realise your strength.
You fail to see the reach of your gaze.
Your mind is sharp yet blunted by kindness.
You forget that you constantly feed me.
You feed me and I always hunger.

I hunger for friends loved.
I thirst for friends lost.
I crave faces.
I lust for napes and smalls where lips once lingered.
I hunger and thirst and crave and lust…
You give and give and give and give.

You feed me and I continue to want more.
You lie to me.
You lie with me.
When your eyes are clothed by lids-
When you create the darkest of darkness-
You leave me with dreams.

You lie to me.
You tell me secrets and tell me truths.
Sometimes I realise and other times I choose not to.
You and I are one;
Separated by regrets and desires.

Featured Poem:

Before the sun comes up

Enlarge poem

Before the sun comes up:
When the eyes of those
who creep around in day, alight,
yet dance with tender
taps and bats.

Before the sun comes up:
When stillness captures your breath
as you birth it to the open air;
gently held still in time.

When the first and last,
the least and most,
the this and that of
our lived experiences are
equal and null.

Before it all begins
to sing the melancholic blues
of a wanton soul
pierced by the heat of
heavy footed rays, stomping
in a ritualised massacre;
a masquerade.

Before the tongues would wag
excitedly, building to
a crescendo. A rhythmic orgy
taking hold of ears and
minds that thirst for
more than swatting flies
and long-faced buck.

When sound is hollow
and echoless. When listening
is less than knowing;
knowing that to hear is not
to have heard.

When philosophies levitate like
barren aqueous bodies.
When…
When…
When…

We’ll meet then…

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (1)
  • Pride (3)
  • Optimism (0)
  • Anger (1)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (0)
  • Reflection (1)
  • Captivation (1)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (0)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

Bound: Lie To Me

Enlarge poem

You lie to me.
You tell me secrets and tell me truths.
You fail me in the darkest of times;
But not without effort.
You try to see beyond the surface.
You hunt beyond the screens.

When veiled in visors-
When sheathed beneath clouds-
Wells swell and emotions emit themselves.
You tear and you dry up.
You smile and try to hide the agony.

You barely realise your strength.
You fail to see the reach of your gaze.
Your mind is sharp yet blunted by kindness.
You forget that you constantly feed me.
You feed me and I always hunger.

I hunger for friends loved.
I thirst for friends lost.
I crave faces.
I lust for napes and smalls where lips once lingered.
I hunger and thirst and crave and lust…
You give and give and give and give.

You feed me and I continue to want more.
You lie to me.
You lie with me.
When your eyes are clothed by lids-
When you create the darkest of darkness-
You leave me with dreams.

You lie to me.
You tell me secrets and tell me truths.
Sometimes I realise and other times I choose not to.
You and I are one;
Separated by regrets and desires.

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