i keep still. in my shirt and in my element

i feel the vein’s tremor, the heart’s pulse,

the weed through the skull, through a piece of air

around my skull.


i see the unstable dark sea, furious

and on my back, my spine, the vertebral sky.

i look the cold stranger in the eye,

the looming humour, earth’s forgotten smiles.


i walk the length in an unbending street.

i knock down a bird’s wing. i see a universe

speeding down a broken sky. i don’t stop.

i see men circling towards an unmoving crowd.


Mxolisi Nyezwa