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African poetry: The Thing Around Your Neck

Advice is a stranger;
If he’s welcome he stays for the night;
If not, he leaves the same night.
If you ever find the thing around your neck
Please remove it before it kills you.
A wise man once said
The tragedy of life is not death
Rather what we let die while we yet live.
When the shivering stops and
You finally find yourself,
Do not imitate others for public pleasure.
Do not jump the hill like a monkey
If you close your eyes to facts,
You will learn through accidents.
Ghost of today are the
Headstrong historians of yesterday.
On Monday last week
The arrangers of marriage
Paid lobola for a hand in marriage
Between peace and war.
Where there is love there is no darkness.


Extracted from Afropolitan State of Mind

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