The bars were a still purple

One that trickled down your spine

Twisted it while you stood

The floor, a striking grey

No amount of light could make it shine

The walls an uninspiring yet unforgettable brown

 

Qhawe

What was meant to diminish your spirit

Bring you down

Make you bend to the cracking of oppression’s thunderstorm

Only served to fuel your desire

For justice

For freedom

For equality

Salute to your unwavering beliefs

Steadfast in your stance

Weathering the test of time

Sparking flames in the hearts of many

 

Qhawe

Faced with uncertainty

Doom being an almost perceivable reality

When many cowered and caved

You were one of many who braved

The whirlwind storm, sweeping through the nation

Your memory will live on in the hearts and minds of many

QHAWE LAMA QHAWE

QHAWE BY PEARL MASEMOLA

 

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