Poetry

Sihle Ntuli: Monday

monday
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MONDAY

 

to stare at a mirror      to feel hungry

sadistic sun to sinister moon

the world spins to points of non-recognition

 

fuel that drives you out of bed

you buy time in exchange for life

fear commoditized

 

the phrase ‘things change’

speaks only to those who expect to get returns

it does not work that way

it only works one way

you will    work work work

 

the work of lungs counts for nothing

the heavy sigh holds no weight to a signature that sells the soul

 

mouth to chew

on train of thought

thought shaping frown

frown turned smile

then frown again

a running memory and nostalgia

nostalgia deferred

 

fiend of your inner circle

following you around

then sitting with you

fiend light hearted and shallow

the fiend is your shadow

 

forever remains unproven

end of time   unproven

movement movement movement

the sound of a clock can never stay still

 

in your chest

is blood and beauty

as you love and feel pain in the same colour

 

the eyes scream

 

drumline

head throbbing

beat swallowing you

 

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Poem © Sihle Ntuli

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

About the author

Sihle Ntuli

Sihle Ntuli is a South African poet and classicist living in Durban. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Classical Civilisations and has previously lectured at the University of the Free State, where he was awarded the 2019 CTL Innovation Award for Curriculum Design and Delivery. His poetry was shortlisted for the DALRO Poetry Prize in 2017. He most recently became the author of the poetry chapbook, Rumblin in 2020. He has had work published in South Africa and across the African continent on notable journals such as Lolwe, Down River Road & The Johannesburg Review of Books.

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