Tawona

 

con sequences

it starts as a con
many more follow
and it starts to become
a con sequence
now look at it
deception at conception
a well convincing story
told well
told convincingly
breathing new life
into a used flame
a flickering glimmer blown out
and darkness can come out to play
and what comes
after the laughter
many more follow
in the sequence
now look at it
clamming up
instead of calming down
life in fractions
always a numerator
never the denominator
in the sequence
placed on pedestals
for the target practice
in the build up of the sequence
the way wayward feet feature
it is quite staggering
eager to believe
easy to mislead
now look at it
today
yesterday left behind
by followers
following other followers
along an unknown path
now look at it
imitation
makes a good imitation
of inspiration
it starts as a con
many more follow
and it starts to become
a con sequence
now look at it

 

 

casting off
 
cast your mind
to an age of clay
when earthly hands
sculpt lively earthenware
earthiness is worthiness
worthiness is earthiness
 
cast your mind
to an age of granite
when rocks are significant
vital and magnificent
a rockery is a gallery
a rockery is a gathering
 
cast your mind
to an age of iron
when iron ore from the iron core
forges truths of cast iron
ironsmiths are wordsmiths
wordsmiths are ironsmiths
 
cast your mind
to an age unknown
when unknowns are significant
vital and magnificent
realities of figment
figments of reality



which?doctor

there is a humble being
born with compassion
for fellow humankind
gifted with knowledge
of the earth
of the trees
a kind being
i have seen him
i have seen how
he spares no one his respect
elders and also children
spares nothing, his concern
even the smallest of creatures
the plants, the rocks
they call him a witchdoctor
i wonder how they figured it out
wonder how they decided
a witch who is also a doctor
or, a doctor who is also a witch
i wonder which is which
if he is a witch
then this is some good medicine
if he is a doctor
then this is some good witchcraft
 

 

Copyright 2010 Tawona Sithole
 

Tawona Sithole is a writer and musician from Zimbabwe, living in Glasgow. He is co-founder of Seeds of Thought an arts collective that aims to promote sharing of cultures through the arts. He grew up with music and spoken word that celebrates the morals and lifestyles of his ancestral family, Moyo Chirandu. As a son of this family he is better known as Ganyamatope. He is inspired to share his heritage with others as it helps him remain grounded, and also helps increase awareness of lesser known perspectives of his experience.