THE CAVEAT TIMES

by SAKHILE INNOCENT MHLANGA   Apr 28, 2017


THE CAVEAT TIMES

I advised you,
I will not notify you twice
These words; he does not have to hear
Or else he will make my day long

I must be brave
If I run, what will these people bid?
Will I not have to pass here o'er?
If we meet again
Will I have a reason not to fear?

How will he, then respect me?
This is a risk
A real risk
How will I balance if he breaks my bones?
Lord please grant me the best way to escape
I will be free and safe

As nothing happened
No offence omitted
No dominion overruled
My dignity still mine
A road to danger is closed!

I will still be a Sir
Nor; a hey you?!
In front of my people to protect
Otherwise they will wonder to know,
How safe are they on my guard

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  • 3 years ago

    by ether

    What drew me to this was the word "caveat" which, embarrassingly enough, I only learned the meaning of this month. I liked the content of this poem too, the nice balance of questioning with resolutions toward the end. You also put a unique spin on the age old notions of uncertainty and looking to God for some clarity. There are a few grammar errors such as "This words" should be "these words", "he will make long my day" should be "he will make my day long" that may be on purpose or you may have accidentally overlooked.

    I've not read any of your other work (yet), but I get a sense that your writing is influenced by poems of decades or centuries past - perhaps by the classics they teach in school. An example of this is "o'er", typically an old English word. Although I'm not sure what your education syllabus is like in South Africa, it would really interest me to know (feel free to shoot me a PM) what poetry they teach and at what age you start learning English.

    Anyway, a good poem and I enjoyed the read. All the best.

    • 3 years ago

      by SAKHILE INNOCENT MHLANGA

      Thank u very much Ether, I have made the necessary changes, I hope you'll keep inspiring me with thy words of rich art.