Mlobikazi Of Mzilikazi Along Vithikazi

by Ndaba Sibanda

Few people knew she had lived in Soweto
Not only had she resided in that township
Of the city of Jo'burg,Mlobikazi of Mzilikazi
Had lived in the core of greatness on Vilakazi 
Street, for Soweto is historic by virtue of heroic
Struggles against apartheid that ensued there

There was Mlobikazi from Bulawayo's Mzilikazi
Suburb with a painting that told of a great story--
Titled Vilakazi, the pretty princess from Mzilikazi
Not only exhibited the literary artistry of Dr Vilakazi
It also captured how Vilakazi  is the only street
In the world where two Nobel Laureates once lived

Perseverance, painting, passion, her mantra
None could see, hear ,smell, taste or touch it
A breakthrough, a beauty's brilliance and dance
Mlobikazi of Mzilikazi lived on Vithikazi Street
Her grit galvanized admirers to nickname her
Mzilikazi's Qhawekazi or  Mzilikazi's Heroine! 

They roared Mlobikazi of Mzilikazi, Qhawekazi!
Mlobikazi of Mzilikazi had an awesome passion
Her loyalty to her profession paid off  in profusion
And precision when her painting proudly propelled her  
Into prominence: they crowned her a prizewinning painter
A sea of attendees, her mates, all they could see  was glee!

Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net, Sibanda is the author of Notes, Themes, Things And Other ThingsThe Gushungo WaySleeping RiversLove O’clock, The Dead Must Be Sobbing, Football of Fools, Cutting-edge Cache, Of the Saliva and the Tongue, When Inspiration Sings In Silence, The Way Forward, The Ndaba Jamela and Collectionsand Poetry Pharmacy .

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