Black Looks - Including an African LGBTIQ+ Archive

Africa - Creative Arts, Poetry

Turbulence

Turbulence – a poem by Donald Molosi.

in the proverbial accord of hand
and glove does the
sea flirt with you as
i watch from the plane.

– turbulence! –

land of Nkrumah, of gods and gold,
land of Ghana: wonsu saa biom.
your tears salted the sea once when
it beguiled you like a harlot, and
history taught your children to dread ships.

– turbulence! –

it is time for a new thought.
…time for a new thought.
i like flying.
it gives me a mischievous anonymity and places me
above time, above place. above history’s tears

Donald is a writer, poet and classically trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He is from Botswana and is a graduate of Williams College in the US. He has just spent 18 months studying Forum Theatre in Senegal, Uganda, France and England, and is currently working in New York City.

4 Comments

  1. Retjoun

    Ngola ntate.

  2. Donaldmolosi

    ke a leboha. thank you!

  3. Sneha

    I love the duality of turbulence.
    The “third world” rattled by foreign ships. The turbulence of a heart that feels its history, the turbulence of the struggle to reach above.
    Beautiful.

  4. Darkdaughta

    flying indeed. i also like to fly mostly under the impetus of my own self imposed, self defined turbulence. it was lovely. thank you. 🙂