National Day Of Poetry: YOU AND I By Lebo Mashile

Lebo Mashile

You and I
We are the keepers of dreams
We mould them into light beams
And weave them into life’s seams

You and I
Know life is not what it seems
We strip the fat from the lean
And find the facts in between
The visions we redeem
And the agony of choice
Yours is just a mind
And mine is a just a voice
But when we love
We love with a heat that would rise like a song in flight
On the flesh of our backs
If it’s love that we lack
Then we walk with the pain that we see
Love exchange that we spite
As we walk through indecision fading in fright
We ride the crest of intuition on the journey of this life

And by the hands of the infinite we hear the cries of the rest
Weighed down by their intelligence submitting to this test
But you and I
Push the boundary of reason
You and I
Plot the mystery of seasons
You and I
Paint this history to free men
Nothing can be stopped like you and I

You and I
We are the keepers of dreams
We mould them into light beams
And weave them into life’s seams

About the Author
Lebogang Mashile (1979) is a young performer, writer and facilitator who was born to exiled South African parents in the United States. She has been living, studying, learning and growing up in South Africa since her family came back home in 1994. Mashile studied law and international relations at Wits University.

Lebogang Mashile is one of the most important poetry performers in South Africa. Her publications and performances have had a decisive impact on the world of young female poetry.



Have you ever had a dream of a young child torn away from her mother and given away in marriage to a man old enough to be her great grandfather? Yeah, that was the kind of nightmare i woke up to at 2.00 am . Her screams echoes at every corner of my room,keeps me awake until dawn and gave me this burden in my heart to do something about it...I came up with the solution that if we could help this young child's mother to be self-reliant to be able to take care of her...even educate her, she will not end up in child marriage since her family will not need to borrow money from these Shylocks who want a pound of flesh of their offspring.Call me a dreamer...I won't stop until the nightmare is over. Wish me luck !

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