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WONDROUS CREATIONI am a rainbow of many colours.
A tree of many roots.
Bound deep in the soil of Africa.
I am the rhythm of every drumbeat.
I am the moon and the stars,
The rain and the sun,
grass and the waters.
I am simplistic but never understood.
I am an arrangement of rituals.
Controlled by many cultures.
I am full of spirit.
Full of life.
Like a collection of great traditions,
I am the voice of an African queen.
I demand respect, and a chance to grow!
I am one who has been displaced from home.
My wellbeing is captured,
My joy, happiness and peace hunted.
All of you, stop ...!
Look! There I am!
Oh, how beautiful I look!
I am of great quality and source.
This creature is me,
This is whom I am.
I am a girl,
a beautiful young African blossom
made from the rib of man.
And, I will respect you! -
The author, Promise Ngomane, is one of the winners of the yearly Johannesburg Literary Festival (JoLiFe).
The awards ceremony was held in Johannesburg.
JoLiFe is a youth development and lifelong learning project of Sowetan and the City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services.
Ngomane's fellow JoLiFe winners - in the short story and poetry sections - are Themba Tshabalala, Sbusiso Zinhle Nkosi, Charity Mkone, Mpho Mphafi, Martina Boshoff, Confidence Seleme, Bonga Vincent Matu, Charlotte Hillebrand, Olivia Fiorotto, Ramuhulu Phuluso, Rhulani Chauke, Yandisa Keboletse and Winnie Mtimde.