AN ODE TO THE WORKS OF KING MSWATI III OF ESWATINI
A precious jewell of the Mdzimba mountains,
A king is a king by his rulership of the people.
My king is a father of orphans,
My king is an education to the poor,
My king is a bill of rights to the widows,
My king is a sprinting leg and a tough knee—
My king is food to the table to the disabled poet.
But I won't say 'Long live' to my king.
A king comes and a king goes, so is the system of this world.
I call my king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
With more wisdom and knowledge bears the trap of pride and folly,
But born in this kingdom I bear in delight.
But I won't say, "Long live the king,"
I'd rather say, "Long live the monarchy."
~ Khayelihle Bongiswa Gamedze