photo by Adam Crosby


Down at the graveyard
Across the derelict walls
Of what was once a Lutheran church
There is a tall dry gumtree
That glares down at tombstones
Like a guard of the dead.

Long time ago
A ball of fire ascended from the heavens
Ignited the tree and left it a corpse of wood.

Two doves have found rendezvous
On the tip of its branch
Where every morning
They render their timbre
Singing for skeletons
Of bones and timber.

Phelelani Makhanya is a self-taught writer/poet born in South Africa Stanger. His work has been published in major South African literary journals like New Contrast, Botsotso and others. He has performed his poetry around the country which includes Poetry Africa 2011 and Poetry Africa 2018. His debut poetry collection This Time I Shall Not Cry was published in 2018 by VHAKOLOLO PRESS.

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