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Zama Madinana | lines for tsitsi

lines for tsitsi

when you crossed the limpopo river
with a shangaan bag
full of hopes
& dreams

you were unaware
that you would end up
on polly street

with your thighs
by joburg winter

by vicious men
for no pay

with no shoulder
to cry on

when the crocodile

your ululation cracked
the walls
of calton centre
my afrikan sister

& your dance
shook the ground
of ponte city

not knowing
that the more things change
the more they stay the same

Poem © Zama Madinana
Image: Smit Patel on Unsplash

Zama Madinana
Zama Madinana
Zama Madinana is a South African poet, based in Johannesburg. His work has appeared in The Shallow Tales Review, East Jasmine Review, Olney, Poetry Potion, Voices of Africa and other literary publications. Zama’s work focuses mainly on love, politics and social issues. In 2021, he won the third prize of the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2022. His full-length poetry collection, ‘94 was published in June 2023. In addition to regular performances and readings in Johannesburg and across South Africa, he has performed his poetry in various countries including Botswana, Mozambique, and Lesotho.

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