ODE TO THE FROG

For Brother Segwagwa
You are a Drum Ochestra
Segwagwa an ambidextrous
Manifester of
Polyrythmic sound
Ambigrams
A frog eyed drama
A sagacious sage
Of melodies beyond
Mmamelodi ya thari
E-ntsho
Segwagwa your oompah and omph
Dazzles and puzzles
Brewers of baboon intelligence
Intsimi ye nfene
Our country
“The waste land”
That needs your healing
Sizzling and drizzling rhythms
That manifest you as
Lelopo la malombo.

By Lefifi Tladi.

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