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Stillness Speaks

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the shape of life in ebb and flow
and they may yet return to the shore
the now, ever, only
a stillness that speaks
drawing on
pulling in

listening.

Mbali Vilakazi

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The Girl in the Yellow Dress

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The girl in the yellow dress speaks.
And the words are simple,
time moves.
Autumn lets itself go and comes again.
shed of indifference
in the innocence of our belief
we are fashioned into dreams.

The road is carved in monotones of longing
and the wind, will leave you, confused.
as though there were no footprints upon your path
but take heed. And know that, you are coming.
the hearts following
only frailty’s search for a spring that lasts.

You, who would share of such a solemn solitude
your shoulders burning,
laying buried in bubbles of borrowed discomfort
Arise.
You await the sun
and yet it is the sun who awaits you –

Time moves.

And of this woman of the wilderness,
painting, hopeful, visions, across the uncertain landscape of our destiny
the sweet aroma of truth
makes its way into the dying moments of my youth
its fragrance carries me over a silence that was never my own.

The girl in the yellow dress speaks.

The hereafter bears a portrait of me.
And I am beautiful.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (2)
  • Pride (6)
  • Optimism (2)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (2)
  • Inspiration (2)
  • Reflection (3)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (1)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (3)
  • Sadness (2)
  • Fear (1)
  • Jubilation (0)

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Biography

Mbali Vilakazi is a child of the city by the sea, who came into being under the watchful eye of a silent mountain. She is born on the 9th day of the 9th sign. The Archer.

She is Nona’s daughter, Mzamo’s sister and Avumiles aunt. A woman who holds the gaze and the spectator in her own life.

Tracing her beginnings as a patient journey into herself, she holds the dream of a youth that rises to assume both its relevance and place. Touched by the wisdom in children, she remembers that it is always the little things.

Soul Activist, Poet, Flower. She is a Fairy. And the Queen in exile. With pen as sceptre and her throne a cloud. On a mission to answer the call.

She hears voices, sees in the dark and when she gows up, she wants to be Sade.

Mbali Vilakazi

Biography

Mbali Vilakazi is a child of the city by the sea, who came into being under the watchful eye of a silent mountain. She is born on the 9th day of the 9th sign. The Archer.

She is Nona’s daughter, Mzamo’s sister and Avumiles aunt. A woman who holds the gaze and the spectator in her own life.

Tracing her beginnings as a patient journey into herself, she holds the dream of a youth that rises to assume both its relevance and place. Touched by the wisdom in children, she remembers that it is always the little things.

Soul Activist, Poet, Flower. She is a Fairy. And the Queen in exile. With pen as sceptre and her throne a cloud. On a mission to answer the call.

She hears voices, sees in the dark and when she gows up, she wants to be Sade.

Stillness Speaks

Enlarge poem

the shape of life in ebb and flow
and they may yet return to the shore
the now, ever, only
a stillness that speaks
drawing on
pulling in

listening.

Featured Poem:

The Girl in the Yellow Dress

Enlarge poem

The girl in the yellow dress speaks.
And the words are simple,
time moves.
Autumn lets itself go and comes again.
shed of indifference
in the innocence of our belief
we are fashioned into dreams.

The road is carved in monotones of longing
and the wind, will leave you, confused.
as though there were no footprints upon your path
but take heed. And know that, you are coming.
the hearts following
only frailty’s search for a spring that lasts.

You, who would share of such a solemn solitude
your shoulders burning,
laying buried in bubbles of borrowed discomfort
Arise.
You await the sun
and yet it is the sun who awaits you –

Time moves.

And of this woman of the wilderness,
painting, hopeful, visions, across the uncertain landscape of our destiny
the sweet aroma of truth
makes its way into the dying moments of my youth
its fragrance carries me over a silence that was never my own.

The girl in the yellow dress speaks.

The hereafter bears a portrait of me.
And I am beautiful.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (2)
  • Pride (6)
  • Optimism (2)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (2)
  • Inspiration (2)
  • Reflection (3)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (1)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (3)
  • Sadness (2)
  • Fear (1)
  • Jubilation (0)

Stillness Speaks

Enlarge poem

the shape of life in ebb and flow
and they may yet return to the shore
the now, ever, only
a stillness that speaks
drawing on
pulling in

listening.

Comments

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