Poem by Patience Gumbo
Like the sound before a thunderstorm
An inner ache, like that of a woman in travail follows after
I toss and turn and hope
Tonight will be better
My mind wandering every second of every minute of every day
When it shall be full to the brim and running over
Then will I appreciate scarcity in times of abundance
Or treasure abundance in a spell of scarcity
Still it remains a dream
Worth waiting for
As I beg for the crumbs off the masters table
Daily we scramble with the township canine,
The stronger always win in battle
I would be wise
And decide to forget how life on the other side was like.
You define me not
Yes we lay side by side, shadow to shadow
Still you define me not
There is still an ounce of sanity in me
Yet a little milk, a little meat
A little scent of fresh pie
Baked to perfection
Would go a long way
Taste buds running wild as the rich flavours form a union
But fate has favoured the poor with lack
As the rich are endowed with more riches
The true taste of my own saliva has become so sweet
While few months' debris from chewed green leaves, are safely tucked away between my teeth.
I wish to see your face
And stare deep within those lifeless eyes
What guts you have
Your desires to wipe all humanity;
as you stand akimbo with your twin kindred corruption and disease
Adamant to infest all in its path
Til none whimpers, sighs or groans
Still we found you here
And remain here you shall
Oh when shall your scorpion's sting lose its edge
Hunger my foe
Never my mate
Never again welcome but fade away into thin air
Into the dust 6 feet under
beneath the shadows where none can see your hand.
Go and return not
We don't want you here
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Known as Patience Essence to her poetry fans, Lingiwe Patience Gumbo lives in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe and writes motivational literature and is also a recording artist and songwriter who is inspired by her faith, love and life situations. A voice of the voiceless, Patience is in the process of publishing her first poems anthology titled Words of Life.
2/26/2020 04:11:39 am
Wonderful piece ma'am.
8/20/2020 11:45:08 am
beautiful beyond meaning. Supreme.
8/20/2020 04:47:32 pm
So clear. No layers between my heart and the poem's content and the people suffering hunger.
8/20/2020 04:43:32 pm
Magnificently written and spoken! This is contest and poster child worthy, Congratulations!
8/20/2020 05:16:55 pm
Great piece of writing. Expecting more writings from Patience Gumbo.
Laura Stewart Webb
8/22/2020 08:40:19 pm
Extraordinary! Thank you! I especially loved the strophe beginning 'The true taste of my own saliva...'
Lingiwe Patience Gumbo
4/8/2021 02:20:14 am
Thank you so much for the kind comments, I appreciate you. The poems anthology Words of Life was published. Find readings of poems on mt youtube channel with same name Patience Gumbo and also on facebook author page with username Lingiwe Patience Gumbo
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