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Kumahla Ndinyuka [Trials & Tribulations]

Kumahla ndinyuka omhlaba,

ndidla ngolumka ndifane naye u-Raymond Mhlaba,

ndilandele yona indlela,

kanye njengaye no-Nelson Mandela,

ndithi ezindzulwini zobusuku,

ndime njengaye utata u-Walter Sisulu,

andisathethi ngayo ingqondo yemveli,

iqhawe lomzabalazo utata u-Govan Mbeki,

ufane wazibuza ukuthi ndingubani,

ekugqibeleni sakubakunye naye no-Hani,

andisayikubanjwa nayimilambo,

ndohlala ndili-Comrade lika-Oliver Tambo!

Translation of this praise poem – an ode to the stalwarts and freedom fighters of the liberation movement, which is originally written in my ethnic South African language – isiXhosa:

Through the trials and tribulations of this world,

Jus’ like Raymond Mhlaba I partake wisdom from His Word;

Directed on the path I shall walk,

As part ‘n parcel of Nelson Mandela’s stalk;

In the midst of the night I shall stand tall,

In the image of Walter Sisulu ‘n all;

I speak not of instinctive intelligence,

As in freedom fighters of Govan Mbeki’s caliber, at a glance!

You may have asked yourself who I am?

We shall be reunited with Hani in the end,

Not even the most perilous of rivers can stop me,

For a comrade of Oliver Tambo I’ll forever be!

 

© Gcinuxolo ‘Gcina’ Yawathe. 2010

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