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Best Asiphe Tomeli Poems

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Dying young

They say sticks and stones may break my bones but I 
came face to face with a wall today.
I keep on searching but I'm lost
I keep on climbing but I'm falling
I'm walking but your pulling me back
Haven't you had enough of the scars that I already have
I'm shouting with no voice 
I'm crying but the well within is dried up
Gravity keeps on pulling me back
Katrina keeps on coming back

Its dark where can I find the light
I'm chained,  trapped, binned-ed by this chains
I can't breath your suffocating me
I can't sleep your controlling my life
I'm shouting and kicking but your laughing
Im torn apart and bleeding
You see the the beauty on the outside but I'm dying 

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2013

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Dear mind

In a way I'm lost
Time is flying
My hart is empty I want something

Can one always be happy
What will one be in 5 years
People talk, but I'll keep on walking
People laugh but I'll keep on crying
My mind is spinning
My wounds are revealed
I can feel a cord lashing on my back

The wind is singing
The clouds are talking
The rain washes away
Yet I keep on wondering
I'm lonely and cold

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2013

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Africa unite, world unite

Whats happening to the world.
My brothers & sisters what happened to the spirit of ubuntu ( humanity)
What happened to " umntu ngumntu ngabantu" (A person is a person through other people)
I'm sure this is not what my father Nelson krolihlahla Mandela & my uncle Martin Luther King fought for
This is not what my grandparents fought for. 
What happened to the saying it takes a nation to raise a child. 
Do u like destroying the future generation, abusing our mothers & sisters.
Come on maAfrica Amahle (beautiful Africa) go back to your roots

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2015

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I just found out that im where i am supposed to be
This is my home
Its filled with love, joy & happiness 
The is no black & white
Wrong or right
Why couldnt the rest of the world be like my home 
Its filled with positive energy, tomorrow & a new 
I have mothers & fathers
Brothers & sisters
Im not going anywhere anytime soon i love my family
This is my home

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2013

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Wonders of my life

I can't help but wonder
I can't help it but I just have to look back
The scar's that I have healed
Every picture I have is so random
I could cry a river
I can't stop the anger within
How can I love and hate thee at the same time
You were supposed to be my shield but you burnt me
You were supposed to be my oxygen but yet you're my 
carbon dioxide
My heart feels like an Ice box
You're a part of me
You're my strength yet my weakness
You're past yet my future
You're my enemy yet my family
I hate you and i love you at times
You break me but yet you make me

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2013

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wonders about my colour BLACK

I don't know if I should love you or hate you
As innocent as I was you just had to label me
You took my love and replaced it with lust 
You made me lie
You thought me hate 
Most of all you made me hate the color black
You made me hate my Afro
You exploited my curves, my butt and my boobs
Yet I didn't understand why because when I looked at 
myself I saw an hour-glass with a pot-belly, curves, thick 
lips, with a heart that is so tough and long like the grate 
wall of china
Who's mind never shut like the busy streets of New York
Who has scars like the African mountains and valleys
Who has cries like winter rain 
With no voice like a whale crying for its child
You left me lost wondering, abandoned if I'm still human...

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2013

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Dear Mother

I have 
thought of a 
way for 
paying you 
I wanted to 
wipe away 
every tear in 
your eyes 
since the day 
i was born 
but the 
world does 
not have 
toilet papers 
nor tissue.

I wanna see 
you smile 
but not even 
the funniest 
comic will be 
able to do 

I'll just ask 
God to 
borrow me 
the sun just 
for a day so 
that it will 
keep you 
happy and 

I'll move 
just to 
protect you 
and make 
sure that the 
won't be any 
other tear in 
your eyes.

I'll keep on 
every piece 
of love with this 
big bag of 
mine so that 
i will give it 
to you.

I'm sorry for 
every pain 
that i have 
days you 
have had, 
party and 
get to gather 
you have  
because of 

I want to be 
just like you 
to my 
children and 
even better if 
i can. I 
couldn't have 
asked God 
for a better 

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2013

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Kasi Township Ghetto

Cant sleep because I still smell the smoke on my clothes from the fire we just put out. 
I cant help but think about the soul we lost this early morning
Mornings are supposed to be filled with fresh air, birds singing, children playing happily.

Let me introduce u to my world, where dead rats, filthy green moldy water standing on the street is what u up too.
Welcome to ekasi (the ghetto/ township). 
Children electrocuted till death by faulty wires while playing. 
I cant help it but being robbed while going to the shop everyday. 
Going to college feels like a crime because people judge saying u think u better than everyone. 
My condolences to each & every innocent soul lost in these grounds my heart bleeds for u, no soul lost will be forgotten 
Dear government I hope u are able to sleep well at night while making empty promises & forgetting the souls you live behind, there blood is in ur hands

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2015

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Journey by train

Body lashed on the train bench like a cold 
steel pole in winter
Dead tired, covered with dirt
I only wake up when i hear that the wheels 
and rails have stopped hugging
My wrinkles are covert by these clothes 
filled with cement.
Hair falling like the leaves in autumn
A man has got to do everything for his family
One couple on the side cold and cuddling, i 
bet they are still reminiscing about yesterday 
when they were just teens.
I on the other hand sit covered with dust, tired 
with my gray hair falling like tomorrows rain.

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2013

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Morning in the Cape

Early morning
The mist is still asleep on the lonely well polished grass
The birds are crying
I'm stuck with this load on my back
Morning in the Cape
Busy life, people having fun
The pavement is my bed
The insects are my friends
Welcome to my world

Copyright © Asiphe Tomeli | Year Posted 2013