“Now you are really Zulu”,
They said as Savuka played in the background,
the hair-raising harmonies
lifting their legs, as they danced on carpeted floors
and brought sunshine through the office doors.
Siyabongakakhulu, i thought
substituting my mother tongue
for the rolling sensation
as S’s slipped into G’s, which clutched at the back of our throats
“Now you are really Zulu”, they said
But it wasn’t that I had become Shakka’s wife
Rather, the African within
had come back to life.