The knife

A sharp edge
A subtle sliver
A straight attacker
A menacing glint
A deadly stabber
A quick cutter
A sheathed fighter
A metal beheader

Danielle Gair


Light in the Soul

If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.




What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

– William Henry Davies


Dusk in Africa

The cattle are brought in from grazing,
birds stop singing in the forest,
the last buckets of water are brought in,
a little light is seen from each hut.

Women have gathered their young around the fire,
protecting them from the spirit of dark,
which is said to be awaking
when the sun goes to sleep.
Every mouth is fed with fufu and groundnut soup.

The silence is broken by the chirping of a cricket.
The full moon is out, to greet the night,
the bats flutter about in the moonlight.

Day is done.
Gone the sun.
It’s dusk in Africa.

– Lizzie Ngwenya


Africa my Africa

Africa my Africa
Africa my mother land
Land of milk and honey
Land of natural beauty
Africa land where I live

Africa my Africa
A land of great rulers
Africa my Africa
Land of nature
A land where nature lives

Africa my Africa
A land blessed by God Himself
On the day of Creation
God threw diamond like stone
Gold like rain
He dropped crude oil like rain

Africa my Africa
Land of milk and honey

– Abisoye Sejoro


Love Poem for my Country

My country is for love
So say its valleys
Where ancient rivers flow
The full circle of life
Under the proud eye of birds
Adorning the sky

My country is for peace
So says the veld
Where reptiles caress
Its surface
With elegant motions
Glittering in their pride

My country is for joy
So talk the mountains
With its baboons
Hopping from boulder to boulder
In the majestic delight
Of cliffs and peaks

My country is for health and wealth
See the blue of the sea
And beneath
The jewels of fish
Deep under the bowels of soil
Hear the golden voice
Of a miner’s praise
For my country

My country is for unity
Feel the millions
See their passion
Their hands are joined together
There is hope in their eyes

We shall celebrate

– Sandile Dikeni