28 March 2020

Resurrection, a poem by Rethabile Masilo

At the edge of my yard waits the end of a path
where I came face-to-face with dawn, creeping on feet
fairies prance with from blade to blade of grass,
when they greet the world with their kind of light,
till dawn’s line reached me, stalled, announced itself,
waited for the guarantee of my commitment.
Its fairies had just miraculously become gnomes
which brought my calm the noise of a world in pain,
bees having returned from their morning shopping spree.
I turned around and headed to the bungalow, daybreak
clamouring behind my back, the stench of gnome breath
in my nose, a truck clattering by toward the churchyard
with the road rattling its load of bubonic carcasses;
TV screens screamed into life with dying news,
tolls from prior days about the hole of the world.

The strangest thing was when, from my veranda,
I saw the gnomes morph into an array of viruses,
then march toward me and beyond, grumbling
about what germs do, as they hobbled north
out of eye shot, past hives where bees sang blooms
of fields of poppies struck by what the world had done.
And I saw the woman with a clay pail on her head,
breasts firm still, pass the edge of my yard on her way
from the well, and knew she knew I could hear cows
lowing for the pasture, though there were no more cows,
but I didn’t care anymore and let myself stir at her beauty,
alone on a path that promised to take me home,
and make me feel I had not been disowned by life,
standing on my veranda, contemplating the universe.




5 comments:

Carol Baldwin said...

This is a pretty amazing poem. Graphic. Stirring. Thank you for sharing it.

Rethabile said...

Thank you, Carol. I appreciate it.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Very thought provoking poem, ntate. It's been a while. Always a pleasure to read your poetry. Take care.

Rethabile said...

Thank you, brother. It's been too long. Next time we're in DC we won't miss you.

Khotso

Stephen A. Bess said...

I'm looking forward to that day, brother.

Khotso

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