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I Am

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I am
More than meets the eye.
I am
A greatness evolved through Time.
At divine conception I was called Adam:
Man, purest image, too intricate to fathom.
I AM.

From seed I am woven, delicately pieced together;
Chosen for a nurturing so deep,
To walk a path with no destination,
But the eternal journey to a higher elevation.
I am what is questioned and debated through the ages.
My rights are wronged by artificial stages of supposed growing phases.
I am that which gives life to the history pages.

Since the dawn of Creation I’ve been forcefully displaced;
The dust of my land my travel companion;
The borders I’ve crossed lie creased in my face
I am the old and the new, the ancient and advanced;
The systems and the laws…
I am in the moderns of society, I am traditions and charms.

From my mouth flows the power of Life and Death;
My palms hold the options of poverty and wealth;
I sing the praises of my reflections for
I am the reflection beyond just myself.
I am Miracles when prayers offer strength.

I am who you are, directed by The Mighty Hand.
Greatness… I AM.

Selome Payne

Featured Poem:

Box of Crayons

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In-between, outside, within: there are coloUr lines.
A marvellous canvas, yet the outline: still black or white
divides…

She blinks, wide-eyed, as she offers innocent smiles.
Her nods are so blatantly ignored.
She thinks of the why’s, if it’s her they despise-
This evident judgement she’s never experienced
before.
Her new lease on life slowly fades as she tries
To win affection, acceptance; it’s futile!
They care not, for they strive to further ostracize.
No amount of education would make her worthwhile.
For she is like blasphemy to a box-of-crayons
society!

In-between, outside, within: there are colour lines.
A marvellous canvas, yet the outline: still black or white
divides…

He answers to a name; one which defames-
He is a stranger even to himself!
Eyes downcast in shame, humble he must remain;
Accepting food for his dignity and self-worth.
Persevering through heartache, he bears the pain;
Still dreams of a free moment!
Pride keeps him sane, he shifts no blame,
For every man must stand his own judgement.
But he is like blasphemy to a box-of-crayons
society!

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Biography

Selome Payne, better known as Poet Flow, is a writer and publisher from the coastal city, Port Elizabeth – now based in Johannesburg.
Her journey with poetry began at the tender age of 12, when she wrote her first poem based on a
painting called Two Moons, for 1996 talk show, Indwe. From then on, writing and storytelling became an
integral part of what defines her.

Flow began publishing at the age of 18, then under the pseudonym, Kizee – short for her given Xhosa
name, Cikizwa. She further published in numerous anthologies including the Poetry Institute of Africa up until 2006.
In 2003, Flow ventured on to stage performance and found an even greater love for the arts through
Spoken Word and Hip Hop.

With performances ranging from various Nelson Mandela Bay fundraisers and poetry and hip hop
events to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Flow has expanded her audiences from Street
Culture to corporate functions; sharing her thoughts across all media platforms. A key element in her
journey was the time spent as part of Eastern Cape record label, TrueSight Music.

Since moving to Johannesburg in 2011, Flow established Poetree Publications. The company has
published 5 books thus far, including a collection of her own poetry called The Undelivered Score:
Letters from a poet’s heart which was reviewed by the internationally acclaimed Rita Golden Gelman,
author of Tales of a Female Nomad. All publications can be purchased online from Amazon.com. Her
company focuses on giving a publishing platform to young and aspiring writers, as well as community
development through arts and literature. Flow is also co-curator of the fast-growing, annual
Eastern Cape Book Festival and has recently had a feature interview with Urban Tymes magazine in California.

She describes her relationship with her writing as her greatest love; personifying Poetry as her universal,
higher power from which she draws all strength and energy. She lives by one simple philosophy: we are
greater than our biggest dream, and infinite are the capabilities of our minds.

Selome Payne

Biography

Selome Payne, better known as Poet Flow, is a writer and publisher from the coastal city, Port Elizabeth – now based in Johannesburg.
Her journey with poetry began at the tender age of 12, when she wrote her first poem based on a
painting called Two Moons, for 1996 talk show, Indwe. From then on, writing and storytelling became an
integral part of what defines her.

Flow began publishing at the age of 18, then under the pseudonym, Kizee – short for her given Xhosa
name, Cikizwa. She further published in numerous anthologies including the Poetry Institute of Africa up until 2006.
In 2003, Flow ventured on to stage performance and found an even greater love for the arts through
Spoken Word and Hip Hop.

With performances ranging from various Nelson Mandela Bay fundraisers and poetry and hip hop
events to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Flow has expanded her audiences from Street
Culture to corporate functions; sharing her thoughts across all media platforms. A key element in her
journey was the time spent as part of Eastern Cape record label, TrueSight Music.

Since moving to Johannesburg in 2011, Flow established Poetree Publications. The company has
published 5 books thus far, including a collection of her own poetry called The Undelivered Score:
Letters from a poet’s heart which was reviewed by the internationally acclaimed Rita Golden Gelman,
author of Tales of a Female Nomad. All publications can be purchased online from Amazon.com. Her
company focuses on giving a publishing platform to young and aspiring writers, as well as community
development through arts and literature. Flow is also co-curator of the fast-growing, annual
Eastern Cape Book Festival and has recently had a feature interview with Urban Tymes magazine in California.

She describes her relationship with her writing as her greatest love; personifying Poetry as her universal,
higher power from which she draws all strength and energy. She lives by one simple philosophy: we are
greater than our biggest dream, and infinite are the capabilities of our minds.

I Am

Enlarge poem

I am
More than meets the eye.
I am
A greatness evolved through Time.
At divine conception I was called Adam:
Man, purest image, too intricate to fathom.
I AM.

From seed I am woven, delicately pieced together;
Chosen for a nurturing so deep,
To walk a path with no destination,
But the eternal journey to a higher elevation.
I am what is questioned and debated through the ages.
My rights are wronged by artificial stages of supposed growing phases.
I am that which gives life to the history pages.

Since the dawn of Creation I’ve been forcefully displaced;
The dust of my land my travel companion;
The borders I’ve crossed lie creased in my face
I am the old and the new, the ancient and advanced;
The systems and the laws…
I am in the moderns of society, I am traditions and charms.

From my mouth flows the power of Life and Death;
My palms hold the options of poverty and wealth;
I sing the praises of my reflections for
I am the reflection beyond just myself.
I am Miracles when prayers offer strength.

I am who you are, directed by The Mighty Hand.
Greatness… I AM.

Featured Poem:

Box of Crayons

Enlarge poem

In-between, outside, within: there are coloUr lines.
A marvellous canvas, yet the outline: still black or white
divides…

She blinks, wide-eyed, as she offers innocent smiles.
Her nods are so blatantly ignored.
She thinks of the why’s, if it’s her they despise-
This evident judgement she’s never experienced
before.
Her new lease on life slowly fades as she tries
To win affection, acceptance; it’s futile!
They care not, for they strive to further ostracize.
No amount of education would make her worthwhile.
For she is like blasphemy to a box-of-crayons
society!

In-between, outside, within: there are colour lines.
A marvellous canvas, yet the outline: still black or white
divides…

He answers to a name; one which defames-
He is a stranger even to himself!
Eyes downcast in shame, humble he must remain;
Accepting food for his dignity and self-worth.
Persevering through heartache, he bears the pain;
Still dreams of a free moment!
Pride keeps him sane, he shifts no blame,
For every man must stand his own judgement.
But he is like blasphemy to a box-of-crayons
society!

How does this featured poem make you feel?

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

I Am

Enlarge poem

I am
More than meets the eye.
I am
A greatness evolved through Time.
At divine conception I was called Adam:
Man, purest image, too intricate to fathom.
I AM.

From seed I am woven, delicately pieced together;
Chosen for a nurturing so deep,
To walk a path with no destination,
But the eternal journey to a higher elevation.
I am what is questioned and debated through the ages.
My rights are wronged by artificial stages of supposed growing phases.
I am that which gives life to the history pages.

Since the dawn of Creation I’ve been forcefully displaced;
The dust of my land my travel companion;
The borders I’ve crossed lie creased in my face
I am the old and the new, the ancient and advanced;
The systems and the laws…
I am in the moderns of society, I am traditions and charms.

From my mouth flows the power of Life and Death;
My palms hold the options of poverty and wealth;
I sing the praises of my reflections for
I am the reflection beyond just myself.
I am Miracles when prayers offer strength.

I am who you are, directed by The Mighty Hand.
Greatness… I AM.

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