#262 ~ Ithemba Projects : Day 27

“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.


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