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South African history takes a Different leg

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Ngizwa kukhuluma izwi ngaphakathi kwami

(I hear the voices inside me)

Lifuna ukuphuma kodwa akuvumi

(Wanted to come out but it hard)

Liyaqhubeka lelilizwi liyalila

(These voices keep crying and shouted)

Likhihla isililo sikanandi,

(But my mouth wont let them)

Liqaqambisa igazi kushwabane umlomo

(While others are free)

Lona ozama ukukhuluma, lapho

(These voices say South African History Takes a Different Leg)

Abanye begeqa amagula

Lamagama ath South African History takes a Different Leg

I have been day dreaming a lot about what

The future holds

It fears me

It tears me,

Words are slim

Emotions are thick

My thoughts scream

South African History takes a different leg,

I wonder if we will be able to survive this.

If leaders such as Tata Bantu Stephen Biko

Such as Tata Martin Luther King Jr

Such as uTata Nelson Mandela still live amongst us?

Because things will never be the same

The nation is calling

The nation is mourning

Our Hero has fallen

Our Hearts are bleeding

Our hearts are hurting

In his teachings we will find healing

Let us bind

And stay kind

Invest in the children of our own kind

Regardless of the colour of their skin

Tata Nelson I quote Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do

South African history takes a Different leg,

I wonder if leaders such as Tata still live amongst us

The nation is calling

The nation is mourning

Our hero has fallen

Let us bind and stay kind, invest in the children of our own kind

Regardless of the colour of their skin

Regardless of the colour of their skin

In the jungle

The mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight

In the jungle

The mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight

Pearl Sanelisiwe Ndlovu

Featured Poem:

Kutheni ningakholelwa kimi

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Kutheni ningakholelwa kimi

Kutheni ningakholelwa kimi

Kutheni ubuso benu buxakile

Kutheni ngizwa inzondo

Thembani kumina, ngokuba nami ngithembe kunina

Bengithi ngiyazakha kanti ngiyazibulala

Bengithi ngiyenza kanti ngiyaphupha

Bekunani ukuba ningizwile ukuth ngithin?

Ngenzeni ngibe ngomunye walaba enibanika

Uthando nentokomalo

Lona enibona ubuhle kuyena

Lapho ububi bakhe bungenzimehluko

Yamukelani isipho sami

Yamukelani ikusasa lami ngokuba liqhakazile

Ngokuba nihlulekile

Nicabanga ukuba bonke abantu bayizehleleki

Ngamukeleni ngokuba name ngingomunye wenu

Uthando emehlweni ami

Ukumamatheka ebisweni bam

Ukwesaba emehlweni ami

Umcabango enqondweni yam

Ukwesaba enhlizweni yami

Izinyembezi ezigobhozayo

Umlomo okhulumayo

Amehlo akhuluma uthando lwakho kim

Uvalo lokuthanda

Uvalo lokuzonda

Izandla ezamukelayo

Inhliziyo ethandayo

Inhliziyo ezondayo

Ngivumeleni ngikhulume name ngingomunye wenu

Ngenzini ngibe njengalona animunika uthando nentokomalo

Lona enibona ubuhle kuyena ububi bakhe bungenzi mehluko

Ngamukeleni nami ngingomunye wenu

TRANSLATION

Why wont you believe in me

Why are your faces frowning

Why am I sensing hate

Trust in me as I trust in you

I thought I was building than killing

I thought I was doing than dreaming

Could you not have listened to what I had to say

Make me one of those you give love and warmth

The one you see beauty in

The one whose ugly deeds dont matter

Accept my gift

Accept my future plans cause it seems bright

Just because you failed now everyone else is a failure

Welcome/accept me I am one of you.

The love In my eyes

Smile on my face

Thought in my mind

Fear in my heart

Stream of tears in my face

Mouth that talks

Eyes that shows your affection to me

Fear to love

Welcoming hands

Heart that loves

Heart that hates

Allow me to talk I am one of you

Make me one of those you give love and warmth

The one you see beauty in

The one whose ugly deeds matters not

Accept/Welcome me I am one of you.

pearl ndlovu

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  1. SORRY MAAN SISI YOUR POEM I GET LOST AS YOUR POEM GOES ON, I GET IT. POETS WRITE THROUGH EMOTIONS DRIVEN BY INSPIRATION BUT THEY ALSO REWRITE THEIR POEMS THOUSANDS TIMES SO AS THE POEM MAY BE RELEVENT, AND MAY NOT BE HARD TO RELATE TOO.

    APHIWE MAGIDA

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Biography

Pearl Sanelisiwe Ndlovu sought solace in words and poetry at the age of 15 when her beloved grandmother passed away.

Commonly known as Le Soulful Poet Gatsheni, Pearl is a young poet from Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Her work delves into varied topics but she mainly uses her words as way to make sense of life’s challenges. She improves her writing and reciting skills by performing as much as she can in her hometown.

Pearl has an insatiable passion for art, she believes poetry is her calling and not a mere hobby. “We are the prophets of the past, present and future” she says.

Pearl Sanelisiwe Ndlovu

pearl ndlovu
pearl ndlovu

Biography

Pearl Sanelisiwe Ndlovu sought solace in words and poetry at the age of 15 when her beloved grandmother passed away.

Commonly known as Le Soulful Poet Gatsheni, Pearl is a young poet from Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Her work delves into varied topics but she mainly uses her words as way to make sense of life’s challenges. She improves her writing and reciting skills by performing as much as she can in her hometown.

Pearl has an insatiable passion for art, she believes poetry is her calling and not a mere hobby. “We are the prophets of the past, present and future” she says.

South African history takes a Different leg

Enlarge poem

Ngizwa kukhuluma izwi ngaphakathi kwami

(I hear the voices inside me)

Lifuna ukuphuma kodwa akuvumi

(Wanted to come out but it hard)

Liyaqhubeka lelilizwi liyalila

(These voices keep crying and shouted)

Likhihla isililo sikanandi,

(But my mouth wont let them)

Liqaqambisa igazi kushwabane umlomo

(While others are free)

Lona ozama ukukhuluma, lapho

(These voices say South African History Takes a Different Leg)

Abanye begeqa amagula

Lamagama ath South African History takes a Different Leg

I have been day dreaming a lot about what

The future holds

It fears me

It tears me,

Words are slim

Emotions are thick

My thoughts scream

South African History takes a different leg,

I wonder if we will be able to survive this.

If leaders such as Tata Bantu Stephen Biko

Such as Tata Martin Luther King Jr

Such as uTata Nelson Mandela still live amongst us?

Because things will never be the same

The nation is calling

The nation is mourning

Our Hero has fallen

Our Hearts are bleeding

Our hearts are hurting

In his teachings we will find healing

Let us bind

And stay kind

Invest in the children of our own kind

Regardless of the colour of their skin

Tata Nelson I quote Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do

South African history takes a Different leg,

I wonder if leaders such as Tata still live amongst us

The nation is calling

The nation is mourning

Our hero has fallen

Let us bind and stay kind, invest in the children of our own kind

Regardless of the colour of their skin

Regardless of the colour of their skin

In the jungle

The mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight

In the jungle

The mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight

Featured Poem:

Kutheni ningakholelwa kimi

Enlarge poem

Kutheni ningakholelwa kimi

Kutheni ningakholelwa kimi

Kutheni ubuso benu buxakile

Kutheni ngizwa inzondo

Thembani kumina, ngokuba nami ngithembe kunina

Bengithi ngiyazakha kanti ngiyazibulala

Bengithi ngiyenza kanti ngiyaphupha

Bekunani ukuba ningizwile ukuth ngithin?

Ngenzeni ngibe ngomunye walaba enibanika

Uthando nentokomalo

Lona enibona ubuhle kuyena

Lapho ububi bakhe bungenzimehluko

Yamukelani isipho sami

Yamukelani ikusasa lami ngokuba liqhakazile

Ngokuba nihlulekile

Nicabanga ukuba bonke abantu bayizehleleki

Ngamukeleni ngokuba name ngingomunye wenu

Uthando emehlweni ami

Ukumamatheka ebisweni bam

Ukwesaba emehlweni ami

Umcabango enqondweni yam

Ukwesaba enhlizweni yami

Izinyembezi ezigobhozayo

Umlomo okhulumayo

Amehlo akhuluma uthando lwakho kim

Uvalo lokuthanda

Uvalo lokuzonda

Izandla ezamukelayo

Inhliziyo ethandayo

Inhliziyo ezondayo

Ngivumeleni ngikhulume name ngingomunye wenu

Ngenzini ngibe njengalona animunika uthando nentokomalo

Lona enibona ubuhle kuyena ububi bakhe bungenzi mehluko

Ngamukeleni nami ngingomunye wenu

TRANSLATION

Why wont you believe in me

Why are your faces frowning

Why am I sensing hate

Trust in me as I trust in you

I thought I was building than killing

I thought I was doing than dreaming

Could you not have listened to what I had to say

Make me one of those you give love and warmth

The one you see beauty in

The one whose ugly deeds dont matter

Accept my gift

Accept my future plans cause it seems bright

Just because you failed now everyone else is a failure

Welcome/accept me I am one of you.

The love In my eyes

Smile on my face

Thought in my mind

Fear in my heart

Stream of tears in my face

Mouth that talks

Eyes that shows your affection to me

Fear to love

Welcoming hands

Heart that loves

Heart that hates

Allow me to talk I am one of you

Make me one of those you give love and warmth

The one you see beauty in

The one whose ugly deeds matters not

Accept/Welcome me I am one of you.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

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

South African history takes a Different leg

Enlarge poem

Ngizwa kukhuluma izwi ngaphakathi kwami

(I hear the voices inside me)

Lifuna ukuphuma kodwa akuvumi

(Wanted to come out but it hard)

Liyaqhubeka lelilizwi liyalila

(These voices keep crying and shouted)

Likhihla isililo sikanandi,

(But my mouth wont let them)

Liqaqambisa igazi kushwabane umlomo

(While others are free)

Lona ozama ukukhuluma, lapho

(These voices say South African History Takes a Different Leg)

Abanye begeqa amagula

Lamagama ath South African History takes a Different Leg

I have been day dreaming a lot about what

The future holds

It fears me

It tears me,

Words are slim

Emotions are thick

My thoughts scream

South African History takes a different leg,

I wonder if we will be able to survive this.

If leaders such as Tata Bantu Stephen Biko

Such as Tata Martin Luther King Jr

Such as uTata Nelson Mandela still live amongst us?

Because things will never be the same

The nation is calling

The nation is mourning

Our Hero has fallen

Our Hearts are bleeding

Our hearts are hurting

In his teachings we will find healing

Let us bind

And stay kind

Invest in the children of our own kind

Regardless of the colour of their skin

Tata Nelson I quote Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do

South African history takes a Different leg,

I wonder if leaders such as Tata still live amongst us

The nation is calling

The nation is mourning

Our hero has fallen

Let us bind and stay kind, invest in the children of our own kind

Regardless of the colour of their skin

Regardless of the colour of their skin

In the jungle

The mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight

In the jungle

The mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight

Comments

  1. SORRY MAAN SISI YOUR POEM I GET LOST AS YOUR POEM GOES ON, I GET IT. POETS WRITE THROUGH EMOTIONS DRIVEN BY INSPIRATION BUT THEY ALSO REWRITE THEIR POEMS THOUSANDS TIMES SO AS THE POEM MAY BE RELEVENT, AND MAY NOT BE HARD TO RELATE TOO.

    APHIWE MAGIDA

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