stars & stones

We so blessed
Our skin is the blueprint of our beauty
Resembling black gold
Smooth like crude oil
A back drop for gold
Oh my
We so blessed
Essence of beauty
A universal complexion
Dark skin
So beautiful
Our skin a solar panel
Absorbing the sun with ease
No wonder we warm hearted
We so blessed
Coffee coloured
Covered in melanin
Nature’s indulgence
Jet black
The colour of the gods
Onyx, Tourmaline, Obsidian
Lauren, Alek, Viola
Nature’s desire
A variety of black
We so blessed

knox mahlaba
Author – Back From The Dead: The Rising of an African Spirit
Copyright © 2015


paper boy

I mean no malice
Am no structural engineer
Preferring organised chaos
Weaving baskets
Anticipating magic
Chosen by loose fitting words
No millionaire either
Silver and gold pollute the soul
Compromising the writer
Contaminating truth
A merchant of a better tomorrow
More like a paper boy
Delivering unwanted news
Yelling at the top of my voice
Crying wolf it seems
Nobody listening
Everyone waiting for the echo
The voice of the mountains
Like a long forgotten word
Biding my time
Never losing my integrity
My meaning
You see my plight
I can only hope

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

Jacob Zuma and the African family!

We are forever bombarded with images of absentee black fathers and yet you’ll never see images of strong, selfless, capable black men, who not only father their own children (on a daily basis) but the entire street or block, on mainstream media!

The media portrays black men as nomadic baby-makers but also castigates responsible black men who marry all their baby-mommies. 

Forgetting that ‘the system’ was designed to weaken the black family via the migrant labour system in South Africa (a system that exists to this day) and a welfare system that rewarded black females who pushed away their husbands in order to gain access to welfare cheques in the United States.

Though I strongly disapprove of Jacob Zuma being President of South Africa, he is a good example of a black man who takes responsibility for his children by marrying those he procreates with.

Africans must re-establish and fortify their family units and avoid defining ‘the family’ in narrow western terms. 

In an African family aunts and uncles are as important to the family unit as the biological parents.