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Natalia Molebatsi

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Tell your children

Tell your children
by n molebatsi
(copyleft 2007)

tell your children say:
“your names are grazing at the entrances to existence
dangling loose at the leaves of our minds
ready to sprinkle in fires that will vindicate the unborn
so search to engrave your path behind
the clenched breaths of unborn babies
tell them mek them know that our claims to victory are still
locked in holes silenced by the distance
between this side and that side

bouncing around between now and then
wear the revolution at your feet
like a disciplined disciple of knowledge
who gathers around
words”

tell your children say:
“liberate our source of truth
that was stolen and diluted under the name of “progress”
to search for knowledge and survival not only from angels
but occasionally face the devil’s eye

tell your children to name
their children with intention
let them say their names through
pride and answers about botho jwa bone
le batho ba bone
tell them say:
our names are ready to sprinkle in
fires that will be vindicated by the unborn

 

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