A St Francis College learner has done the school proud after her first poem was published in the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology recently.
Ecstatic Sandisile Tshabalala (17), the author of a poem titled “Raping Nation”, said that when she was still in Primary school, a grade 3 learner was raped by an employee at the she remembers still very vividly, the trauma that everyone experienced. She added that the plight of what is going on in our society, where young girls and old women alike are victims of rape, have motivated her to write the poem.
Sandisile said she had not expected that her poem would be chosen for publication, in that the competition was of a high standard, and there were many poets who had entered the competition.
Sandisile said she could not hide her excitement when she got the news that her poem had been published. “I was extremely thrilled with the news, knowing that my poem featured amongst the best selected”.
She said the publication of her poem encourages her to write more and that she is currently writing short stories about teen love.
Meanwhile, school principal Mr Jabulani Nzama commended the efforts of the learner. “It is a very interesting poem, and will encourage other learners to think constructively,” he said.
Read Sandisiles’s poem below:
The Raping Nation
How could the silent be so loud?
Why is this darkness not bright enough?
Why are cries not heard?
In shards our words lie at our feet
We are living in a raping nation.
Date rape, mate rape, child rape
And there is no escape
From this violent rape
The African women cry
And the little children die.
Why are the cries not heard?
HIV is seeping and creeping everywhere
Please bother yourself and care.
There is no comprehension
Of these demonstrations
We need some explanations
Young girls losing their virginities
Children growing up not knowing their daddies
They are worried about their morals, values and principles
But really don’t care about the women’s future
The African men don’t know their responsibilities
And the women have lost their integrity.
Now who must we blame?
The women with short skirts
Or the men who don’t have self-control?
We are living in a raping nation
Why are our cries not heard?