Shielding by BiNkwana by Joshua Serutle

by BiNkwana Joshua Serutle


I’m building shells

on my beloved one’s hearts

hard laden steel sticks

crossed on their chest

shielding heartbreaks


I’m building filters

on their ears

I’m eliminating cruelty

from reach

sword words

and serpents’ hiss


I’m setting flames

on their mouths

candle tongues

burning in rage

crunching lightning

out of storms


I’m building shells from shells

for all stricken arrows

facing their doors

to bounce back in turmoil


BiNkwana Joshua Serutle is a poet, who was born and raised outside Burgersfort in a small village of Ga-Kgwete. His work draws more attention on the streets and shifting paradigms on social issues. In 2017 he enrolled at Mzansi Poetry Academy to enhance his writing skills. Some of his highlights in 2017 includes being on theTop 10 finalist for Leleme La Mme poetry competition. He won the CSP 2018 Open Slam King of the Mic. His poems had been published on Poetry Potion, Odd Magazine, Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol 8, MuseIndia, Avbob Poetry Competition and Best “New” African Poets 2018 Anthology.

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