Just downstairs

There are two homeless menSleeping in the doorwayFor the nightTugging at their jacketsBraving the coldLying all too comfortablyOn the cold hard floor.Just upstairsThere’s two powerful professionalsGrinding through the nightTheir faces glowing in the lightOf their MacBooksAs they plan their ascentTo even greater heights.What boggles me mostAbout inequalityIs how such astronomically distant fortunesCan co-existJust a few […]

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Durban

Not quite the place I rememberBut still the place I love.Too warm to have a ‘proper winter’Too diverse to not belong to all of usFood that feels like homeFriends that feel like familyWarm walks along the beachDreamy nights along the coast.The place I found many loves-The love of GodThe love of my fellowAnd the love […]

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For the youth

Why is it that youth need to be ‘empowered’?Who were our parents building for all along?We have never been“The next generation” –From the moment we were bornWe had a part to play.They told us to wait and watch.We were children thenAnd now we are adultsAnd it is becoming increasingly obviousHow foolish it is to keep […]

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The business panacea

In a world of ever increasingSocial ills,The promise of entrepreneurshipGradually inflates in size and scopeUntil it becomes the only way forwardWe imagine possible.In a milieu of poor alternativesThe private businessHas become the magic bullet,The pure blade,The weapon of choiceTo slay our giantsAnd make us whole.But how can we expect businessTo solve the problems the StateHas […]

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Throwing Money

Is easier  Than having a meaningful conversation About change.  Our failures  To make something significant  For the least amongst us Don’t stem from a lack of resources As much as they do From a lack of intentionality. Our lack of motivation to apply Disciplined imagination  To solve the social problems  That plague us Nudges us […]

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Wrong Signal

Being a black bodyIn places of affluenceAnd convenienceDemandsThat one presents oneselfIn distinctive ways-Distinct from the riff-raffAnd the common criminalLest you find yourselfOn the wrong end ofPetty justice.To give off the wrong signal-A sweaty browAn ill fitting shirtLeisurely walking in a mallwithout a strongAn agenda-All these seemingly innocent thingsCan turn the most mundane of tasksInto a […]

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Homogenous Utopia

Are we secretly hoping for a world Where one day  “We’ll all get along” In a homogenous utopia  Where no one’s skin has any colour And we all speak good English  Treating each other like family Where no one cares  About politics or war Or anything uncomfortable? That’s heavy on the homogenous  And light on the utopia. […]

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Not yet Uhuru

Freedom never stayed long with her.Struggle came too easilyToo frequentlyA fruit that hung much too low.The struggle alwaysSeemed to be continuing.She repeatedly found herselfAt war with othersAnd nearly every dayAt war with herselfAt war with her wrongsAt war with a worldThat didn’t make sense anymore.Freedom visited herLike a lover in a long distance relationship-Gloriously but […]

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Stuck on should

Been travelling a bit lately.And I kept getting hung upOn how thingsShould beThe Uber should be cleanerThe bed should be softerThe shower should immediately dispsnse hot water-Little reminders dailyThat I am not in chargeAnd that my basic expectationIs that life should be going my way.But rather than actually holdingThe necessary people accountableAnd making my experience […]

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Load shedding

A reminder that all is not well.That the taxes you pay (or don’t)Don’t insulate you from theConsequencesOf poor administration.Being literally left in the darkAnd thinking that this is a metaphorFor the current state of the nationAnd wondering if this is your life now,And whether you would have these problemsIf someone else was in powerOr if […]

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