Spotlighting Pan-African Poetry

Biography

Inside my walls

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I live in a world of locked doors
and burglar bars
imprisoned my memories
of one dark moment

I was alone
Two men came
Stole from me
My crying and screaming
useless
My legs shook
my walls tore

I have dogs and an electric fence
to keep me safe
I am frightened by realities
of a long, painful night
when I passed out
It hurt too much
I watched them take turns
killing the woman in me
When pleading and praying
failed me my heart broke
my soul died

Vangile Gantsho

Featured Poem:

Pearl

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I’m sorry
I’ve been unkind to you
I’ve hurt you
somewhere along the way
I forgot
you were conceived on a perfect night
out of a perfect love
a beautiful pearl nestled inside a cold
salty wetness
that defies growth
a soft light transformed a dark shell
into layers of brilliance
I didn’t believe a pearl like you could grow
out of a girl like me

I gave you away to undeserving strangers
let their grimy fingers taint your splendour
let their lies trick you into believing
you had been fashioned in a dingy sweatshop
Made in China
bargained to the lowest bidder
it was me who scratched you
cut you
tried to stitch you up with twigs and dirty lace
left you out in the sun too long
I didn’t believe a pearl like you could grow
out of a girl like me

I’m sorry
I didn’t know how to handle you

How does this featured poem make you feel?

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

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Biography

Vangi began performing seriously in 2005 but has been writing most of her life. She had her first real break performing at Rhyme Alive at the Moonbox Theatre in Pretoria (2005), where she shared a stage with (amongst others) Lebo Mashile.

Since then she has been privileged enough to perform alongside Makhosazana Xaba, Natalia Molebatsi, SALA Poetry recipient Phillippa Yaa De Villiers and Def Poetry poet Saddi Khali to name a few.

Vangile Gantsho

Biography

Vangi began performing seriously in 2005 but has been writing most of her life. She had her first real break performing at Rhyme Alive at the Moonbox Theatre in Pretoria (2005), where she shared a stage with (amongst others) Lebo Mashile.

Since then she has been privileged enough to perform alongside Makhosazana Xaba, Natalia Molebatsi, SALA Poetry recipient Phillippa Yaa De Villiers and Def Poetry poet Saddi Khali to name a few.

Inside my walls

Enlarge poem

I live in a world of locked doors
and burglar bars
imprisoned my memories
of one dark moment

I was alone
Two men came
Stole from me
My crying and screaming
useless
My legs shook
my walls tore

I have dogs and an electric fence
to keep me safe
I am frightened by realities
of a long, painful night
when I passed out
It hurt too much
I watched them take turns
killing the woman in me
When pleading and praying
failed me my heart broke
my soul died

Featured Poem:

Pearl

Enlarge poem

I’m sorry
I’ve been unkind to you
I’ve hurt you
somewhere along the way
I forgot
you were conceived on a perfect night
out of a perfect love
a beautiful pearl nestled inside a cold
salty wetness
that defies growth
a soft light transformed a dark shell
into layers of brilliance
I didn’t believe a pearl like you could grow
out of a girl like me

I gave you away to undeserving strangers
let their grimy fingers taint your splendour
let their lies trick you into believing
you had been fashioned in a dingy sweatshop
Made in China
bargained to the lowest bidder
it was me who scratched you
cut you
tried to stitch you up with twigs and dirty lace
left you out in the sun too long
I didn’t believe a pearl like you could grow
out of a girl like me

I’m sorry
I didn’t know how to handle you

How does this featured poem make you feel?

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

Inside my walls

Enlarge poem

I live in a world of locked doors
and burglar bars
imprisoned my memories
of one dark moment

I was alone
Two men came
Stole from me
My crying and screaming
useless
My legs shook
my walls tore

I have dogs and an electric fence
to keep me safe
I am frightened by realities
of a long, painful night
when I passed out
It hurt too much
I watched them take turns
killing the woman in me
When pleading and praying
failed me my heart broke
my soul died

Comments

Your email address will not be published.