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Nketa Poem - on what we have seen, heard, experienced and are expecting in our community.

March 2020

This is not just a poem,

But it might be a story about the problems,

That we face in a system,

Of a young generation born in freedom,

Who are victims of social issues,

That have led us to sink to the bottom of the society,

Like the value of the bond note…


This is not a speech,

And I’m not trying to preach,

But this is our time to speak,

Because we are the ones with the reach,

We are done with being called kids who weep,

For jobs, for money, for love,

They even say we cry for meat,

At social gatherings where food and beer is free


This is not a story, but is a message,

That we are not a generation to blame,

We are trying to rekindle the flame,

That our peers have lost in shame,

I know everywhere the story is the same

Drugs, alcohol, parties and crime that’s the ‘fame’

Being different and standing out is for those that withstand the pain


This is not a sermon but it’s a window to see that pain

The pain of lost opportunities,

The trauma of losing those close to us,

The stress of looking for money and food everyday,

Young people are crying njengamabroiler akhala

from the day ephuma eqandeni until engena epanini (shwaaaaaa)


This is not about frustration,

Yes, everyone is lost in a state of depression and desperation,

But we are saying this is our statement,

We now know that stress is an inevitable temptation,

But we are going to fight it like it’s a disease.


This is about healing, how despite the heartbreaks,

The wounds in body and soul we still have feelings,

Despite the critics, the cynics and the ignorant,

Our smiles are ever winning

This is about our health,

Despite the empty pockets, the empty pots and empty shops we are satisfied.

Despite empty stomachs, we are psychologically, emotionally and physically wealthy


This is a story about hope, that as we stand here today we can show,

That we can share what we saw to those that sent us to see,

That we gonna tell them that we have seen the light,

Not the light we see when ZESA comes back after load shedding, no!

But we gonna tell them that we have seen the light

That comes through when we are sitting in the shade of the Tree of Life.


By Constentine Mpofu

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