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Revolutionary Heritage

by Lehlohonolo Shale

Taking back my revolutionary heritage
The courageous heritage of Sharpeville
My June 16
My Fees must Fall

Don’t erase it like they did
My pennywhistle
Coming out of a painter’s shrapnel

Drawing from the well of those who foresaw
The detour/ the core
My Forefathers/Foremothers who signaled the danger
Summoned the spirit of Mbuya …

I need it now
For lurking under the rainbow, my rock paintings
And illusions dispel

Because many years ago
The first invaders were held at bay
And the land stayed free
For a while

At least for a while
Their nefarious plans were held in their tracks
Yes, I have been wanting it back
My revolutionary heritage