person of interest

Walking on desolate roads
Going nowhere on a dusty back road
Leaving everything behind
Everything I own on my back
In my backpack
Homeless apart from my memories
A citizen of no man’s land
Without country of belonging
No passport
No visa
My plight headline news
The source of my plight an open secret
The open wound that doesn’t heal
A refugee wherever I go
Even in the country of my birth
I am a refugee
A consequence of your foreign policy
A good Samaritan
Returning the favour
Impacting on your way of life
A reluctant migrant
A human being nonetheless
A person of interest

Knox Mahlaba
Author -Back From The Dead: The Rising of an African Spirit
Copyright © 2015

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seeds of sankara

Once barren plains green with harvest
Seeds of Sankara
Spreading like a swarm of bees
Red berets sprouting across the continent
Growing like the sands of the Namib
Parliament stimulated in Cape Town
Parliament burnt down in Ouagadougou
Neo-colonialism going up in flames
Sankara a ghost
An apparition the heartland
Striking back on Halloween
Once barren minds beginning to understand
Once fearful hearts standing up without fear
Once barren plains lush with vegetation
Irrigating my little pasture
Walking alongside a phantom without fear
Minding my business
Africa is my business
My concern
Africa rising one fist at a time


Copyright © knox mahlaba 2014
Author – Back From The Dead: The Rising of an African Spirit