Spotlighting Pan-African Poetry

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Inside the river

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Inside the heart of the river
I want to be a sea-dog
But this nose
Can’t sniff the scent of umamlambo

Inside the head of the river
I want to be a writer
But this water
Can’t keep the paper dry

Inside the shoes of the river
I want to walk like Christ
But the floor of the river
Can’t keep up with the weight of my feet

And I sink
to read poems
to frogs

Mangaliso Buzani

Featured Poem:

Ubomi

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Ngumthombo
umpompoza amanzi abandayo
kwinyanga yoMnga
kucula amaza
aculela imbewu kulwandlekazi

isiqalo sobomi bam
kukhala umntwana
ekhonjiswa ubomi
ubomi bam.

Translation:
The word Ubomi means life. The poet uses simple water metaphors to describe the experience of life. “Waves are singing, singing for the seed in the vast sea,” he says.

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How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (2)
  • Optimism (1)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (0)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (1)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (2)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

Comments

  1. Mhle umsebenzi owenzayo Tata, anga uThixo namanyange akusikelele de umsebenzi wakho ufundwe zizizukulwane zakwaPhalo, najikelele kwintlanga zonke zelimiweyo.

    Aphiwe Magida

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Biography

Mangaliso Buzani was born in New Brighton in 1978. He is a versatile artist who excels in the creative world of art as a whole, be it painting, installation, jeweller design and manufacturing and writing. He has just finished his Masters of Art in Creative Writing with a distinction at Rhodes University.

Buzani is an award winner of Dalro Prize (2014) and a finalist of Plat Africa (2007), and Anglo Gold Riches of Africa (2004). He teaches Martial art (Judo), art, creative writing in local schools when ever time presents itself. Buzani has exhibited his work across the country. He was first encouraged to experiment with poetry writing when he joined Uncwadi Writers Association in the late 90s and he has not turned back since then.

Mangaliso Buzani

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Biography

Mangaliso Buzani was born in New Brighton in 1978. He is a versatile artist who excels in the creative world of art as a whole, be it painting, installation, jeweller design and manufacturing and writing. He has just finished his Masters of Art in Creative Writing with a distinction at Rhodes University.

Buzani is an award winner of Dalro Prize (2014) and a finalist of Plat Africa (2007), and Anglo Gold Riches of Africa (2004). He teaches Martial art (Judo), art, creative writing in local schools when ever time presents itself. Buzani has exhibited his work across the country. He was first encouraged to experiment with poetry writing when he joined Uncwadi Writers Association in the late 90s and he has not turned back since then.

Inside the river

Enlarge poem

Inside the heart of the river
I want to be a sea-dog
But this nose
Can’t sniff the scent of umamlambo

Inside the head of the river
I want to be a writer
But this water
Can’t keep the paper dry

Inside the shoes of the river
I want to walk like Christ
But the floor of the river
Can’t keep up with the weight of my feet

And I sink
to read poems
to frogs

Featured Poem:

Ubomi

Enlarge poem

Ngumthombo
umpompoza amanzi abandayo
kwinyanga yoMnga
kucula amaza
aculela imbewu kulwandlekazi

isiqalo sobomi bam
kukhala umntwana
ekhonjiswa ubomi
ubomi bam.

Translation:
The word Ubomi means life. The poet uses simple water metaphors to describe the experience of life. “Waves are singing, singing for the seed in the vast sea,” he says.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (2)
  • Optimism (1)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (0)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (1)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (2)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

Inside the river

Enlarge poem

Inside the heart of the river
I want to be a sea-dog
But this nose
Can’t sniff the scent of umamlambo

Inside the head of the river
I want to be a writer
But this water
Can’t keep the paper dry

Inside the shoes of the river
I want to walk like Christ
But the floor of the river
Can’t keep up with the weight of my feet

And I sink
to read poems
to frogs

Comments

  1. Mhle umsebenzi owenzayo Tata, anga uThixo namanyange akusikelele de umsebenzi wakho ufundwe zizizukulwane zakwaPhalo, najikelele kwintlanga zonke zelimiweyo.

    Aphiwe Magida

Your email address will not be published.