Theme: Agony

Poems from Makiwane*

by Dr. Amitabh Mitra
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Getting well
is not a language
nor an expression
who gets well
who doesn’t
is a storm
      tamed at times
we carry within us
touched by a sun
I repent sometimes
a violence of


It has been nights
I have spoken to walls
the floor on a soft thud
tries remembering history
skies correlate to different suns
nights always remain the same
from many takeovers
people here seem
healing stays
structural as always
let's just talk again
of fears
in the eyes of man
he wakes only tomorrow
his shack
under a strange new sun in

* Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane, South Africa is named after the first black registered nurse in Apartheid South Africa. It is a tertiary hospital catering to the health needs of Mdantsane, the second biggest township after Soweto. 


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Comment Many Thanks Nair Sahab

Amitabh Mitra
01-Oct-2012 06:58 AM

Comment Great poetry! Stanza 2 in particular. It reveals new meanings on every read!

From a small hospital ward to the possibility of realities stacked upon realities , your poem carries us through skies correlating to different suns.

From the structural facelessness of hospital routine, you have lifted both Cecilia and Mdantsane to look at them in the shine of a new sun.

In fact, the sun (or suns) shines through the entire poem making it glorious - to say the least.


Madathil Rajendran Nair
01-Oct-2012 03:45 AM

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