Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Conversation With My Cadaver

Lifeless on a cold steel bed he lay,
His body drenched in formaline,
His lifetime story encrypted on his flesh in the form of scars,
Flaps of skin dangling,
His insides peeping out desperately seeking for attention,
A permanent facial expression and erection; Rigor Mortis!
Another one ticked off Malak al-Maut, Azrael the angel of death’s list.

They say the dead don’t see, feel or hear;
They claim death is the end of one’s journey and a full stop to their existence,
They say there is no life after death, nothing beyond the grave nor the last heartbeat;

BUT I had a conversation with my cadaver,
Yes, I dissected his heart out but we had a heart to heart conversation,
I told him about my difficulty with Anatomy and his soul was filled with heartfelt sympathy,
They claim the heartless are cruel and cold yet his soul was so warm and beaming with empathy,
They have us thinking its the heart that defines a humanbeing when they know damn well that its the soul.

I had a conversation with my cadaver,
We spoke of ancestry and spirituality,
He spoke of his struggles and challenges,
He painted a vivid image of the day he died- the ultimate betrayal; poisoned by an acquaintance,
We spoke of death and Rigor Mortis,
He told me of the two earths he’d come to know of; one with living breathing beings and another with lingering restless souls,
He spoke of empires built on dreams,
Kindoms anchored by the foundations of people’s nightmares,
He spoke of spirit slaves who serve the dark lords who roam the earth like cowards in the night,

“Are lingering souls ghosts?”, I asked.
“Open your eyes, we exist! Listen to the voices in the wind and you’ll hear conversations, love songs, screams, prayers and the songs of our struggle”, he replied.

His voice faded but I’m sure that I had a conversation with my cadaver!

Before I left the dissection hall I took a look at him and ;
Lifeless on a cold steel bed he lay,
His body drenched in formaline,
His lifetime story encrypted on his flesh in the form of scars,
Flaps of skin dangling,
His insides peeping out desperately seeking for attention,
A permanent facial expression and erection; Rigor Mortis!
Another one ticked off Malak al-Maut, Azrael the angel of death’s list.

*this poem was inspired by a nightmare that I had a few weeks back

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Dance With Me

My dear soul, it’s just me and you tonight,
I will plunge you high above into thin air happily
and dance to the rhythm of your heartbeat
heart beating like amplified finger snaps
snapped carefully to arouse the night.
Let I dance to the rhythm of your heartbeat
waiting to catch you when you come down
just so I can plunge you back again.

Let the sound of your sweet scented voice
– Sweet enough to induce smiles on frowning roses –
soothe my existence as I walk on the grains of your skin
walking down to drown on the lines of your palm.
Dance with me, dance with me to the rhythm of your heartbeat
as I celebrate me finally embracing love,
In anybody else’s eyes I am just a name but in your eyes,
in your eyes I am a perfect replica of God’s blueprints of man,
Dance with me as I learn to step in the name of love
stealthily moving towards the lines of your palm
wherein I will drown to awake no more,
let I drown in your palm and the sea of emotions
that attempts to agitate you will learn calmness,
I will drown in the palm of your hand to emerge
As the once used to be soul chaser who has found his soul.

My dear soul, it’s just you and I tonight,
Dance with me. . .

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Acoustic Strings In Spring – His Guitar by Khuthadzo Nedohe

His Guitar by Khuthadzo Nedohe

His Guitar by Khuthadzo Nedohe

I have a thing for acoustic guitars; they’re very well crafted and when played properly and skillfully, they produce beautiful, celestial music. I also envy poets that can pull off fusing guitar sounds with poetry, it sounds really amazing and enhances one’s performance depending on the kind of poetry that is being recited.

I was instantly attracted to this acoustic guitar image (above) that was captured by Khuthadzo Nedohe (@khuthii on twitter) who describes her self as “ Music || Photographer || Soldier Girl || Nonconformist || Part-time Nerd || Life’s full-time Lover“.

Photo shop doesn’t make great photographers, its a fine eye and skill that makes one a great photographer and Khuthii has just that. I love unedited pictures and this one is eye catching, simple and beautiful. I’m a bit jealous because Amber (my acoustic guitar) and I have been together for close to a year now and I haven’t captured a beautiful shot of her.

Please check out Khuthii’s blog: 1khuthi.blogspot.com/


Lala: @poetry_n_hiphop

Lala: @poetry_n_hiphop

A few days ago I received a twitter follow from @poetry_n_hiphop, the name caught my attention and being a lover of spoken word, I couldn’t resist visiting her blog. I absolutely love what I found and I think you’ll also love it.

Her twitter bio reads: “ 22.Female. Spoken Word Artist from Virginia. Free-thinker, lover of life, mind conscious, heavy reader, social butterfly, love meeting new people.

Follow the link below to read some of her work:

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    Corner Bree Str & Crown Rd

    Jozi Streets (Cnr Bree Str & Crown Rd) by Mutsinda Mt Netshitungulu

    Jozi Streets (Cnr Bree Str & Crown Rd) by Mutsinda Mt Netshitungulu

    I couldn’t resist posting this lovely picture that was captured by Mt, a friend of mine who is a poet. I absolutely love this picture and I hope you’ll appreciate the skills applied in capturing this picture.

    To read Mt’s poems follow the link: tshauambea.wordpress.com/category/poetry/mutsinda-mt-netshitungulu/

    To view his lovely train track photograph follow the link:
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    Jozi Sunrise

    Joburg Photowalkers host Jozi Sunrise

    Joburg Photowalkers host Jozi Sunrise

    Joburg Photowalkers bring you yet another photography event this Sunday. The event kicks off with a photoshoot which will be followed by a morning walk around Newtown.

    Time: Sun Aug 21 from 6:30 am to 11:00 am

    Location: Langerman’s Kop at 06:30am and Newtown at 08:30am.

    See the facebook event for more details :

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    Have yourselves a great weekend 🙂


    THROUGH THE LENS: 125 years of Johannesburg Photography

    THROUGH THE LENS: 125 years of Johannesburg Photography

    THROUGH THE LENS: 125 years of Johannesburg Photography

    “Join Past Experiences for an amazing look at Johannesburg through it’s vintage photography. You will be walking through the city, mainly in and around Marshalltown, armed with a booklet of pictures, visiting the sites of famous photos taken of our beautiful buildings over the past 125 years and reconnecting with shops, markets and businesses that have literally gone down in history. You will also be given a disc with the photographs on for later reference use at home. This tour is also a great opportunity for you to take photos of your own on one of the most picturesque walks through the CBD, passing most of the grand old ladies that are still standing in Jozi. We will end off the tour with a drink at the Guildhall, Jhb’s oldest bar overlooking Beyers Naude Square, the first Market Square in the dusty mining town that became one of Africa’s most influential centres of commerce in less than one century. DETAILS: Price: R220 (includes tour booklet and disc with images, 2 hour tour and a drink at the Guildhall, local beer, cider or soda) Meeting Place: Beyers Naude Square on the corner of Simmonds and Market Streets, Jhb. Parking: Gauteng Legislature Parking Garage under Beyers Naude Square, additional info and directions will be given on booking confirmation. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL! (Before or on 18th August 2011) PLEASE CONTACT US AT: past.experiences@hotmail.com or 011 678 3905 Disclaimer: Past Experiences is not responsible for any loss, theft, damage to property/camera’s, injury or death that might take place during any of our tours or events “

    See the facebook event: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=253503321334069&full&refid=24&ref=nf_fr

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