Sebolelo is an exquisite, conscious spoken word artist, student at the Central University of Technology (Bloemfontein, South Africa) , and a worshiper. She has also become a very popular face at “Bloem Poetry Sessions”, plus , she is a regular voice on MotheoFM . Her passion for poetry is very overwhelming. She is a guest poet in Thuthukani Ndlovu’s Realization Anthology and today we will look at her poem, Blessing. (You can download the Anthology via this link, in the next tab)
Sebolelo is poet who uses deep thoughts rather than rhyming sentences. Her poetry is made up of profound statements and thoughts that make you see the other side of things you may take for granted. She certainly gives me that,”Aha!!!” effect. I agree with most of this poem. It is the truth.
Blessing is about a child named Blessing, even though the child was born of what is “sin” in the moral code of the parents themselves. The poem brings about interesting observations on moral code in society. It challenges the Christianity of “church goers”, in other words those who go to Church but do not live according to the values expected of Christians. This poem speaks about those who observe one commandment religiously but break another.
In this case, the parents of blessing chose not to abort the child because they were observing ,”Thou Shall not murder.” Yet Blessing was a result of not practicing a previous observation which was, “Thou shall not commit adultery”. The artiste argues that had they observed the commandment on adultery, there would be no need to worry about the one on murder.
Though the message seems centred on promiscuity, unwanted pregnancy and hypocrisy I believe her argument holds true for many things in life. If one can prevent the cause, there is no need to deal with effects. Sebolelo is a genius poetess, amazing thinker and this poem definitely can cause ones perspective to shift.
The poem challenges beliefs versus deeds and also expresses how parents may not want children to commit the same mistakes they made. Parents would like children to be better versions of them. I enjoyed this poem.
Please keep following this series on Thuthukani’s Realization Anthology. To read the poem I am talking about (You can download the Anthology via this link, in the next tab)