• Ongezwa Mbele
uMakhulu is now an ancestor, so the land is dry but it is the tangible form we have of her

My grandmother’s communion with the land
Is a ritual of her ploughing and harvesting
the fruits and food in the heart and spirit of its existences
She traces the landscape of our genealogy
Of the land that gave birth to me

To her
To us

With her hands which are the color of dark soil
They are wide open with the art of lifelines on her palms
racking and sifting the soil’s particles
to make way for the seeds to be planted
and rooted in depth of our marrows and existences
As if she is saying should we ever to get lost and confused in this life pulsating journey
We will find ourselves in the food of this earth
While the blue ocean of the sky watches over us
With it galaxies
as we work the earth
This will be our healing

My grandmother stands steady and firm on the land
While the wind sings from a distance
She mirrors the trees that surrounds her
They wave their leaves in worship of her
Of the land

This is her church to me
This is her communication and connection to her humanity
Teaching me that the land is one with me

My history
and pre-history

And it is our compost and compass to navigate
our growth

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