Anele TheAfrikanSon kaMthethungqongqo Potelwa

(1992 March 03 / South Africa (eDutywa, Mfenguland, staying in Cape Town))

Our African Being


You are a soul
a love endless to those who love
a heart unbreakable to those shine,
those who glide and gloom,
those who glisten your image upon themselves
they are true definitions of Africans

You are a smile unseen
you are a life unborn
a burden of peace above hate,
late as the sun retires
your stars release a true divine tranquil,
not even the world has
Africa a true African

As generations of diversity
whose genes were torn my ill liberty
we see but know not of you
'Africa', the unknown stranger
Upon giving birth you plough pride
you give strengh and survival
But these young minds know not about that
Africa a true African

You brought power to the less fortunate
a powerful feeling that led a smile to the farmer,
a wonderful thought that pulled life to the dead,
the dead have not died in your territory
because their deeds fullfill the leaving dead
'Africa' what is your name?

Upon the sky of different season
at the beginning of every sunset
your name has been defined
thus your pride not defy
you are a cage of endless joy
a forest of hybrid adventures
'Africa' what stands in your name?


You are a home,
a neighbour full of wisdom,
warm, light and kindness
when you cry,
tears lead to thy war,
pain lead to thy hate
But the youth should bare,
that in you, we live
And pride makes us believe

Submitted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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  • Neela Nath (10/1/2012 12:39:00 AM)

    Wonderful write Anele. It is said from Africa's soil started civilization. She is the mother of all nations. (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (9/22/2012 4:00:00 AM)

    as VG wrote here, it is really a song about self awareness, though Africa is divided into many small countries and filled with corrupt leaders We, the old civilizations are suffering everywhere! (Report) Reply

  • Siyabonga a Nxumalo (9/21/2012 6:08:00 PM)

    Wooow! ...you know I am an African, through and through, such poems makes my eyes wet, again you are a light that lights our minds with love and patriotism....keep writing my friend.
    Siya_! ! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/18/2012 12:21:00 AM)

    This poem is charged with feelings of patriotism and it is a proclamation of the sense of pride in being an African Son! Good work and congratulations to the young poet! ! (Report) Reply

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