Khayelihle Bongiswa Gamedze

September 17, 2001 - Eswatini
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An Ode to the works of King Mswati III of Eswatini

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
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