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The Bleeding Stone is a collection of poems that confronts the deepest sense of reasoning and emotions. It encompasses overcoming, love, hope, family, faith, heartbreak, empowerment, and survival. These poems are for those who love life and seek to equip themselves with the weapons of knowledge and understanding of life in every occurrences. The Bleeding Stone refers to a softened stony heart or a loosened stiff-neck. After reading these poems, no-matter how hard you are; you'll be moved.
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The bleeding stone
The bleeding stone
A poetry collection
By: Vusi Mxolisi Zitha
Copyright © 2020 Vusi Mxolisi Zitha
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopy, recording or other electronic methods, without the necessary written permission of the publisher. For permission request; write to the publisher at the address below.
Imprint: independently published
Vusi Mxolisi Zitha
Po Box 324, Mzinti, 1352
Email: [email protected]
All the poetry lovers
The Bleeding Stone is a collection of poems that confronts the deepest sense of reasoning and emotions. It encompasses overcoming, love, hope, family, faith, heartbreak, empowerment, and survival. These poems are for those who love life and seek to equip themselves with the weapons of knowledge and understanding of life in every occurrences. The bleeding stone refers to a softened stony heart or a loosened stiff-neck. After reading these poems, no-matter how hard you are; you'll be moved.
You are the citizen of my heart
The song that gladdens my soul
The dream that makes my night
You're the sweetness that never leaves my tongue
The sun that rises before my eyes
If loving you was a crime; i would spend my entire life in prison
I will always swim in the ocean of your love
Wearing the costume of your smile
You are the coffee i prefer to drink in every morning
The dinner i prefer to eat in every midday and evening
You are the thought that never quit my mind
The smile that never retires from my face
If loving you was madness, i would be the craziest person on earth
If it was breaking the law, i would always be guilty my entire life
Thank God it is my heart's high regard and my mind's admiration
I liken you to a mare amongst the chariot horses
A grape vine amongst the tree of the forest
You are a blanket that rescues me from cold in winter months
The precious stone I've ever picked on the ground
Come my dear queen; let me crown you with the crown of my love
Let me wear you with the beads of my happiness
And cloth you with the garment of my joy
For you alone are my own
Notes; The poet expresses his feelings to the one he adores the most. He tells what his dear one really means to him and he portrays loving her to be the best thing that ever happened in his life. He also tells the sacrifices he would make when it comes to loving his soul mate for she is more valuable to his heart.
How beautiful you are before the face of the earth
Your beauty really Marvell's me
Why should the sun continue to shine?
When your beauty can kindle the entire world
I feel sorry for the moon, for the moment you'll come out of the house
It will fall off from the sky in honor of your beauty
I can't mention the stars, for they will vanish before your presence
You are indeed a true queen of beauty
A role model of Pulchritude
You're a garden of roses that never withers in the dry season
You are that special flower in the garden of my heart
The goose that lays golden eggs
You're the gold that always glitters before my eyes
The diamond that shines my day, the star that brightens my night
You are the precious lily of the genus lilium
The most beautiful rose of the genus Rosa
You are the wine that only few can afford
The music many find worth to listen
Those who set their eyes on you becomes the victims of your magnificence
You are a story I’ll never seize to tell
The song I'll never stop singing. You're the lyrics I'll never forget
The favorite creature of my eyes
I'll forever shower you with the praises of splendor,
And dress you with a garment of glamour
For you're a true beauty of my eyes.
Notes: here the poet glorifies the irresistibility of his beautiful queen; he tells how her beauty has victimized many men. He marks her as the most beautiful damsel in the universe that even the natural environment bow in honor to her beauty. Forever she is beautiful and her beauty never fades. The poet also refer to her as a goose that lays golden eggs in stanza 2 line 6; meaning; everything about her is glorious.
Genus lilium: Taxonomic group of Lilies
Genus Rosa: Taxonomic group of roses
Glamour: Alluring beauty
One day in a boardroom meeting, representatives of different companies were urged to introduce themselves and give an overview of their companies.
Laziness stood up and said;
I'm a deprivation of energy and the predator of strength
I'm a greatest associate of slavery
The plans of my clients always result in idleness
They always run a race that results to no victory
Their wishes and desire never comes to fulfillment
And their dreams always fade away
Poverty is always a guest in my apartment
Yawning is a common occupant in my house
And my children always have an appetite to lie around
In my land, tiredness is a permanent citizen
The house of a hard worker is filled with treasure
While the houses of my clients are filled with pleasure
Sleepiness is a top priority in my company
Poverty is always a reward of my workers
And devastation is their destiny
With their desire always in vain
I'm laziness and along with drowsiness, you can call me idleness
Notes; The poet single out laziness as a person who always enslaves people from becoming productive. He tells how the dreams of those who live under the suppressions of laziness are shattered. Laziness refers to lazy peoples as her clients, workers and her children. The poem gives a clear understanding of what happens in the house of a hard worker and the house of a sluggish person. The poet also clarify the impact laziness has on many people.
I'm wandering in my world of suffering
Seeking redemption through altering
I'm a native of my own afflictions, a tenant of misfortune.
Life has thrown me in the streets and made it my home
How i wish to have things of my own
Garbage cans has become plates from which i eat
For in the land of bacon and eggs i know i can't fit
How i wish i can call it a quit, from the land they call me a twit
I'm like a cattle that roams across the prairie
A subject people not interested to learn
They all despise me by all means
When i ask for help, they look away
When i ask for a fish they give me a snake
To hustle is all i can, for scorning is all they care
I am helpless in my homelessness
I live a life without a meaning; i run a race with no destination
My dreams are shattered and my goals tattered
I have no future to be flattered
Life introduced me to bad habits of survival
And taught me the wrong motives of living,
In the streets of hardship.
Notes; this poem is about a street kid who is forever helpless in the streets of privation. People despises and are too judgmental towards him, he refers to the street as his home and himself a resident of bad luck. When he asks for people's help they deprive him. Whenever they see him they criticize him and though he wishes to quit the street life he can't; for he doesn't have what it takes to do so.
Each time i see you my heart is filled with adoration
Each time i think of you my mind utters veneration
i ask myself why? And the answer is;
Loving you is my heart's daily routine,
it is my mind's everyday dwelling, my every time's utterances
My hobby, my passion and my dream
The toxicity of my love for you has no antidote
The fire that burns within me has no extinguisher
You are indeed a precious gift of my soul
The story only my heart can tell
My heart is the greatest poet of your love
And my mind the author of all fantasies about you
Loving you is a dream I'm never willing to wake up from
It is a diseases that has no cure, a sickness with no treatment
It is a war that will never end, a journey without destination
My love; crown me king of your heart
Let me sit on the throne of your love
And let me hold the staff of your smile
If loving you is water I'll forever be thirsty
If it is food I'll forever be hungry
If it is a journey, then let me take the walk
For i love loving you
Notes; Here the poet expresses his love to the one he loves the most. More like he's possessed by an unending love. He compares it to a toxic that has no antidote, a fire that cannot be burnt out, a disease without cure and a war that will never come to peace. He sounds so sure that he can do anything for the sake of this strong feeling of affection. This is a certain level of love that would not allow the heart to rest by all means.
It hardens my mind to think that you're no more
It saddens my heart to believe that I’ll see you no more
For the time being; peace and happiness have left me
My spirit is troubled, and truly speaking; my heart is bleeding
For these are the days of my deepest sorrows
And your absence has left in my heart a biggest hollow
It's a pity you had to depart,
I wish i could revert the time but i can't
It’s quick for us to stay a part,
i wish i could bring you back but i can't
Now that you're no more from the face of the earth
It is time for me to face the facts
That you went and won't be back though i want you back
I can't stand the pain, for it is like a stain, i can't remove again
You'll forever be remembered for though you were angered;
You never acted in combat.
That is why your being no more has left me desolate,
i can't deny the fact that my heart is filled with grief
But it is also the time for your soul to rest, and rest a peaceful sleep.
Notes; the poet is mourning a lost loved one who left him in endless agony; he lost someone so close to his heart and it’s hard for him to bare the pain of such person's departure. If only he had the resurrection power he would bring him or her into life again; however since he can't do that, he will forever remember that person for his or her living in harmony with everyone. For even though provoked, the person couldn't retaliate.
It was 4 am on my way to work during winter months,
When i heard footsteps of someone following me
I tried to rush my way by all means
But it couldn't help as he was rushing. Me
Suddenly he grabbed me so hard and it was too harsh
I tried to pull myself out but he was so tough.
He held me so tight
Without notice, he pulled me down and had me silence
I felt so tense and he removed my pants
He took away my virginity and left me with no dignity
I was helpless and there was no one at the vicinity
I was crying, he was smiling and i felt like dying.
He left me bleeding, i tried to scream for help but it couldn't help
I dragged my self-home helplessly and to be honest i was hopelessly
I was devastated and in the meantime agitated
I couldn't get rid the thought of what happened
My heart was too heavy; my eyes couldn't stop shedding tears
The pain kept pushing me towards depression
And that was my daily impression
I had to live my entire life in the prison of brokenness
Charged by somebody's naughtiness
My heart is bruised, broken and left in pain
For what happened has left me a stain that i can't even use my brain
I don't think i would be able to trust again, for me trust has no gain
Life is no game and right now I'm so drained.
Notes; this poem is about a young lady who was raped on her way to work during the winter months early morning. By the way she was still a virgin when the incident took place, and such a terrible experience has left her in daily pain; for her dignity was taken away from her. The entire tragedy took her trust away towards men, for what has happened to her will never be forgotten.
It is not about dictatorship but fellowship
It is not about bragging but caring
It is never about arrogance but diligence
A leader is not characterized by the number of followers he have
But the number of leaders he raised
A leader is an agent of change with an attitude of change
He doesn't seek for his own praise nor use people for trade
He is a Chanel of light where darkness abounds
A messenger of hope in hopelessness
Leadership is not about the position you occupy;
But the skills you possess and the ability to lead
A leader rules, guides and inspire others
A leader doesn't oppress;
But creates opportunities for everyone to progress
A leader is not boastful, nor doubtful,
Nothing i do seems to be alright,
Everything i do just doesn't serve me right
I'm always guilty of my own goodness, and fined by his own badness
I'm forever a victim of his drunkenness,
Always imprisoned by his soberness
And everything i say provokes his anger.
Every time i open my mouth, he will shut it with a hot slap
He would push me against the wall;
And chock me every time i try to scream
My children would come and stare at that scene
And that is what every day they had to see
What is exactly my sin, for i try to be good but it pays no good?
He is a brute and forever rude
When i try to be nice that is where I'm doomed.
How will my children be groomed?
When they witness me knocked down every day.
When I'm beaten without remorse each day.
Notes; this poem is about a woman who lives under the abuse of her husband who doesn't see anything good in everything his wife is doing. The woman is always a victim of his drunkenness and imprisoned by his sadness. She is beaten in the presence of her children each day.
The fact that I'm quiet doesn't mean everything is well;
But I'm peaceful enough to sidestep dispute.
The fact that I'm laughing doesn't mean everything amuses me;
But I'm kind enough to overlook your errors
That i don't retaliate doesn't make me a fool;
But a Wiseman who doesn't patronize hostility
But in favor of stability in every possibility
I do everything in my capability, to ensure compatibility in opinion
I fight no one nor shout anyone
I do respect and that i expect from everyone
If you disregard error, I'm the ultimate
If you avoid dispute, that's prominent
If you keep away from quarrel, that's preeminence
A peace maker doesn't confront any contests
But reconcile the state of affairs at all cost
And always act in the interest of peace
Notes; the poet speaks about his humble character and his good conduct that people takes advantage of. He tells that he always acts in the interest of peace in everything he does and his kindness and quietness is not a reflection of foolishness but a means of avoiding quarrels and fight for peace to reign.
Preeminence; high status
You were an invisible and invincible enemy
A pandemic that waged war against the entire world
In your fury you were unstoppable
And With a strange weapon you took many lives
You traveled from one nation to another
You exploded an explosive device in mass gatherings
Many were massacred and hospitalized
And this incident received a widespread television news
Governments of each nation joined forces
But still there were so many losses.
They took critical decisions under critical conditions
They imposed a nationwide lockdown;
A weapon considered effective to fight you;
But a backlash to our own economy
Many activities were suspended,
And those who couldn't comply were apprehended
You took our freedom through imposed restraints
And posed a lot of grievances through the constraints
You took away peace and stirred up trouble
You inflicted the world with fear and panic
The fight against you has brought us a great depression;
A negative impact on the economy, not to talk of poverty
It has left our companies bankrupt, not to mention joblessness
You dethroned harmony by crowning havoc
You planted restraints for us to reap torment
And manipulated our standard of living
You made it all about you; you made us dance to your own music
You made us sang your own lyrics and laugh at your own jokes
You made us biggest enemies of our selves;
By shutting down businesses and schools and by crippling our own economy. You made us took regrettable decisions
And had despicable illusions.
Thank God it is all in the past, though we couldn't recover so fast
God made a way where it seemed to be no way
Finally you were defeated; the battle against you has been won
We are now free from the bondage of your fears
With life back to normal again.
Notes; this poem is written in the days of Corona Virus; the poet tells how the virus stirred up turmoil in different countries. How it changed our livelihood and caused a great depression in the economy. In trying to fight it, is more like we were fighting against our own selves; for in all attempt to contain the spread; it all came against us in different directions.
Just as i thought it's over, she kept on bringing it moreover.
I thought we spoke about it, but she couldn't get over it
Honestly we were once good friends, but now we do have some trends
She's still holding on to the offenses of the past
How i wish everything could just pass,
Though her appearance is in liberty; her heart is still in prison
Once; she told me to back off and i thought she was teasing
Till she gave enough reasons, to believe she means business
What will it take to loosen her? for i tried funny moments thinking that will take
But each time she gave me a smile i knew it was fake
You’re my friend and never my intentions for your heart to break
How long will this pretentious laughter continues?
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