Poems of Thobile Maso

We Thank You

a poem by Thobile Maso©2002 Thobile Maso

I will not make you prisoners of praise
It is appreciated what you have done
Our people were honoured by your hospitality
They were graced by your humility

African Brothers and Sisters

How happy am I -

When you laugh and live in my country
Obeying laws for your own good and mine
Both rejecting racism and xenophobia as disease
Our way of life is embodiment of humanity ubuntu

We are the walking history of this continent

Do we have to brutalise our own than living in harmony
Do they have to smile in pain to make us happy
Do we have to dehumanize our own to stay together
Is it how we thank them for hosting our exiles

This cannot be us it is not African

Can we be quiet when they corrupt our country
Can we fold arms watching drugs building mafia gangsters
Can we not curse those who contempt our hospitality
That is what we never dreamt of
Replacement of apartheid with drugs and corruption
Unless we Build a strong titanic unity of social life


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