Here is my debut collaboration with renowned and uber talented South African artist JONEL SCHOLTZ in her debut publication in GloMag May 2016, an ekphrastic gem each month edited by Glory Sasikala from Chennai, India. I give you…
If I could wear your spicy
essence each and every day
I know I will not go astray
but only your daily echo illuminates
your fading halo – No more early
morning kisses from my heaven sent
missus, no more tears of joy just
to hear you say hey, as I leave
for market day, blowing your
honey blossom kisses my way.
People still nod sympathetically to
me, even our rival stall enemy –
can you believe he reluctantly
offered me his best ruby red watermelon ?
I just proudly smile, honouring your
memory whilst sipping your favourite
cinnamon tea – infused with
loving melting reverie – Only the
aromatic presence of you prevents
my ginger grieving ; my daily solitude.
I still wear the clothes you
mended, however much faded – each
brush of cloth against my parched skin
always gets me asking – Am I still your
cinnamon king ?
I am surrounded by you – each spice
and herb reminds me of you – The cinnamon
filled crevices in my hands burn for you
I sometimes think I glimpse you over
there but then I just recite my daily
Don Beukes © 2016