Poetry

Zama Madinana: Park Station

park station sa
Image: SA Tourism (remixed)

park station

johannesburg
frowns
with cold
this morning
& a sensitive nose
collides
with
the yelling armpit
at park station
we are all makwerekwere
here
zulu
ngamla
shona
tswana
vhenda

whether you came
by gautrain
galo
or city to city bus

———-

an ode to braam

braam rises
to kiss
the unclothed skies

leaving park station
& joubert park
behind

yoruba collides with shona
in biccard street
& a smell of zol rules the air

rea vaya bus amper hits
the nyaope addict
in de korte street

car guards
trying
to catch the fattest worm
outside burning hair salons

bricklayers
hanging from skyscrapers
& alcohol advertisements
blessing giant
billboards

men in suv’s
poaching wits students
at kitchener’s

the underpaid blacks
consoling themselves
with double shots of hennessey
at bannister hotel

but at night
braam is caught
between hillbrow thighs
quenching sexual thirst
———-
Poetry: Zama Madinana
Image: SA Tourism (remixed)

About the author

Zama Madinana

Zama Madinana is a Johannesburg-based performer, poet and writer. His work has appeared in Stanzas, Botsotso, Carapace, Poetry Potion, The Thinker, Sunday World, New Coin and other literary publications. His work focuses mainly on love, politics and social issues. In 2021, he won the third prize of Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award. His poetry chapbook, Water & Lights was published in June 2021. In November 2021 he participated in Poetry in McGregor. He recently showcased his new body of work called Unsilenced. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences in Management Accounting and is now pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at the University of South Africa.

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  • Blessed work Zama. You really paint a picture with words. I especially like these works because I resonate with these two spaces as a child from KZN traveling to JHB, park station becomes a home and seeing it evolve over the years, becoming a home to so many other people, you wonder how one can claim that space to be their own when there is so much influx of the ‘other’ with so much movement and action…I really appreciate your skills…

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