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The heavens will comply – Poems, Pictures & Prose by Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

The heavens will comply

Today is Slie’s last day at frayintermedia.

She joined us as an intern in 2007 and became a permanent staffer after serving her time. We fell into an easy friendship, jamming out spoken word in the smokeroom while she taught me bits of Xhosa and decided I was black enough.

She’s moving on up to a great position as a communications someone-or-other at an organisation in Pretoria. I have no doubt that she will step up and up and on and on. She has the determination and drive to succeed for herself, and for her child.

Her little boy’s second name is Xhosa for ‘rain’, and that’s what’s inspired my first rhyming poem in years.

I know a rainmaker;
a claimstaker,
a groundbreaker.

I know a deep thinker;
a float neversinker,
an eyeswideopen blinker.

I know a rainpath guider;
a light strider,
a feetforward glider.

I know a rainmaker.

And I don’t mind the drizzle.

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I am a writer and photographer (look up my work on based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have an MA in Creative Writing from the university currently known as Rhodes. My writing accolades include winning the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize and the 2020 Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize for my debut collection, Zikr.

8 thoughts on “The heavens will comply”

  1. Saalz, thanks muffin for making smoking worthy of its tobacco. Enkosi kakulu ntombentle, abahlobo abanje ngawe ayingabo lahlwa.

    @ David – Saal and I plan a collabo soon, so thanks for the vote of confidence.

  2. i would have enjoyed listening to both of you jamming words – interesting…

    i wish i could say:

    Ndithetha isiXhosa kancinci nje

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