Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali

1940 / Vryheid

High And Low

Glorious is this world
The world that sustains man
like a maggot in a carcass.

Mighty is the sea
de-salted by the carapace in the eye of the fish.

Hallowed is the star,
effulgent in the firmament,
a pearl in the stomach of the mussel sky.

Majestic soars the eagle, golden winged above the
low life.

Black is the hole of the poet,
A mole burrowing from no entrance to no exit.
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