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I Miss You

by Bongiwe Dlamini / 18.10.2013

Bongiwe Dlamini was born in Swaziland and grew up in Simunye in the Lowveld. While in Swaziland she engaged with people from all parts of the continent and the world; Swaziland was during the 70s and 80s an alternative destination and exile for many due to Apartheid in South Africa. She relocated to Johannesburg in the 90s and began performing professionally as a musician in there in 1995. Whilst living shortly in Italy, she sang in a cruise ship for six months, coming down from Italy, though, Israel, Egypt, Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar and South Africa. Bongiwe is a member of the Trio Spirits Indigenous, a Afrocentric musical group that has performed in several spaces in Mbabane, at the Bushfire Festival and at the Grahamstown Cape Town. Bongiwe has chosen Maputo as her creative base, where she now lives.

There is a mystical, sensual and passionate evocation that occurs when we experience the sounds of deep breathing, soft waves, and melodic chanting and moaning. Bongiwe has combined all of these in her seductive poem I Miss You, leaving us entranced and desirous of a lover now.

I Miss You

I miss you
your hands, your eyes
I miss exploring your mouth, your mind
I miss delighting my tongue with your lips
And breathing in the taste of you
I am pregnant with this yearning
this liquid desire like
molten lava in my vains.
I love how you cause me to…mmmh.
You move me in ways I want to put into verse.
See, you inspire.
Poetry drops from my tongue
at the mere sight of you.
My fingers have recently
discovered a seventh sense,
and it’s called “the essence of your deliciousness”.
With seven being the number of completion
You. Have. Made. Me. Come. Full. Circle.

*For more on Bongiwe Dlamini and other Pan-African poets please visit Badilisha Poetry website, produced by the Africa Centre.

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