Happy Birthday, Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, born 17 January 1940
Three Poetry Excerpts
The rays of the sun
are like a pair of scissors
cutting the blanket
of dawn from the sky
I am the drum on your dormant soul,
cut from the black hide of a sacrificial cow.
I am the spirit of your ancestors…
Where did I come from?
When will I wear long trousers?
Why was my father jailed?
Mtshali is a South African poet. Sounds of a Cowhide Drum, published in 1971, went on to become the best-selling poetry book in South African history.
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