The Self


                by Zondiwe Mbano
               (Leeds, England, 1982)

Consolidation of the self
Is a great moral effort.

Society is a monstrosity
Demanding propitiation

From individuals. Society
Is a faceless progression

Annihilating individuals.
The individual, rarefied

Of all corruption, is the self.
And solitude is the culture

For the sublimation of the self.
The self is his own identity

And poetry is his own bride,
His song of a velvet sunrise.

Love is a mellifluous
River that purifies all;

It is a titillation of light
That sweetens solitude.

It rejuvenates the self
To flow into poetry.

Freedom is the government
Of the self. And equanimity

Is the power of rectitude;
It is the self’s own fortitude.

Bruce Zondiwe Mbano is a lecturer in the Department of Language and Communication Skills at Chancellor College. He has authored short-stories, plays and poems, some of which have been published in The Fate of Vultures(BBC prize-winning poetry), Heinneman and The Haunting Winds(published by Dzuka). His poem The Viphya won second prize in the 2000 Peer Gynt Literally Award. Mbano’s has published beautiful poems on Afreecan Read including, Eyes of AgeRoad to Emmaus and The Breadwinner.