Treasure Island

Siyabonga A Nxumalo

(South Africa)

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Home Sweet Home


Dusty roads greeted me
With a smile.
Welcoming me back,
I'm home,
Home sweet home.

I slowly drove past
Herds of cows and goats feeding.
Ha! Ha!
I'm home,
Home sweet home.

I see children playing,
Runing up and down,
Singing their lungs out.
I'm home,
Home sweet home.

I meet elders ryding
Their twenty-something old bicycles.
Waving at me as i pass by,
Smiling that honest smile.
I'm home,
Home sweet home.

I see women with their babys
0n their backs, coming from maize plantations.
Even though its boilin g hot,
They still have that smile,
That smile that can melt ice at antartica.
It reminds me.....
I am home.

I see the black eagle
Soaring high up in the sky.....
I see those majestic mountains,
That have been my dear friend growing up,
That swallowed livestock and humans.
They are covered by a beautiful
Green blanket.....
Its beautiful.....
I am home.

Red and white butterflies
Are everywhere, hugging and
Kissing every flower they see.
I'm home,
Home sweet home.

I am home.....
Where nights are quiet and peaceful.
Where days are long and joyful.
Where respect is the order of the day.
Mmm! i smile a genuine smie,
Because here, there are no fake smiles.

I can feel that cool breeze,
That tar roads, gigantic buildings
And massive firms swallow in the city.
I am home.....

Here, i am a father and uncle
To every child.
It takes the whole village
To raise a child.Right?
I am a brother, a cousin and a son.

I am home.....
Where i can wake up in
The morning and smile
With the rising sun, without
Hearing no police siren
As they chase down criminals.

I am home.....
Where i can go up the
Mountain and just look
At the sinking sun.
When its pinkish, goldish
And redish reflections makes
Wonders on the sky.

My heart bit with these
Majestic mountains.
I am home.....
Home sweet home!

Submitted: Sunday, January 08, 2012
Edited: Monday, August 12, 2013

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  • Savita Tyagi (7/16/2014 8:29:00 AM)

    A lovely picture painted of home coming. Nothing can be sweeter to memory then being with your own at your childhood place. Great poem. Thank you for sharing and thank you so much for your comment and appreciation for my poem. (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (2/13/2014 7:39:00 PM)

    Own home is always sweet whether it's a big house or hut, lots & lots of memories are there in it's every layer. It is nostalgic and so lovable ...... very nice (Report) Reply

  • Prasanna Kumari (2/13/2014 6:15:00 AM)

    it is truly a sweet home....love and kindness and nostalgia and smile altogether made a good reading..... (Report) Reply

  • Phiwe Mbatha (6/17/2013 6:06:00 AM)

    Ewu, yake yasilaya imisebenzi ngokuzosilahlela emadolobheni yasishiyisa lobubuhle nokuthula okungaka. Yingakho nje umuntu engasakwazi nokucabanga kahle, yilentuthu yansukuzonke. (Report) Reply

  • Zibele Mrasi (2/16/2012 11:16:00 PM)

    God I' with no reason just to go back to my childhood lol now this is a poem I was half way then I forgot that I'm reading cause this vision of is in my mind had to start over tjo I never be this happy about a poem (Report) Reply

  • Ibrahim Sambo (2/16/2012 7:40:00 AM)

    Beautiful piece of art.It always reminds me of home.Seems like africa is the same everywhere. (Report) Reply

  • Advait Rege (2/13/2012 9:30:00 PM)

    Loved it. You pretty much took me there.. Home Sweet Home indeed. Particularly loved the lines...
    //Here, i am a father and uncle
    To every child.
    It takes the whole village
    To raise a child.Right?
    I am a brother, a cousin and a son.//

    Nothing like this even remotely exists in cities...

    Keep writing... (Report) Reply

  • Anele The_african_son Potelwa (umbhali_wasembo) (2/13/2012 11:20:00 AM)

    The Is No Way I Would Have Not Showed My Gratitude to such beautiful work Bra Siya, ... I love this poem undoubtful the fact that I repeated atleast 3 times, say a lot about how inspiring it is, Betha ungayeki ngonyama yaseMtubatuba (Report) Reply

  • Dash Black (2/13/2012 9:09:00 AM)

    Truly sounding like a real African home, even without telling it one simply knows it. Great description and a good flow of simple sweet lines. Couldn't stop reading it once i started.
    Congratulations for making it on member poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Victoria Gauci (1/26/2012 4:38:00 PM)

    I have never been to South Africa, but it is on my Bucket List to see it one day. I fell in love with it from two movies, Out Of Africa starring Meryl Streep and I Dreamed Of Africa starring Kim Bassinger, both based on true events. It is so beautiful and I envy you for being able to live there. Your poem is gorgeous and I could see her in my minds eye as I read it. She and your countrymen have been through so much and I feel from your words that no matter what, Africa is loved by her people. This is a wonderful poem. Thank you for writing it, and for sharing it. I wish you many blessings. (Report) Reply

  • Lasoaphia Quxazs (1/22/2012 7:01:00 PM)

    Once I left home I never got back. If you could go back to that peaceful place, that means your mind arrived to that peace.
    I can never go back where I came from, because my memories are war, starvation, bombing, dead bodies around.
    So, I found it, that where ever I am, that is my happy home, which is better then any before. I have to make it with peace in my mind, contentment in my soul and a complete trust in God's goodness to me. And so it is. (Report) Reply

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