A Great Mourning I am learning to mourn All the parts that lay hidden In the whirlwind of my heart, Parts that were Too sharp to leave Too alive for a dead world. I am leaving these parts By the shores of seas And lands that remember my scent, I’m stretching until it feels Like a death, like a sacrifice. May I be born anew In the crevices of my laughter In the salt of my tears At the folding of my soul. May I know myself.
Thato Angela Chuma is a creative entrepreneur, singer, curator, writer and poet. Over the past 6 years, she has had her poems published in various literary magazines across the globe such as Strange Horizons (US), Brittle Paper, Words Dance Publishing, The Machinery India, Praxis Magazine and 20:35 Anthology by African poets.