Fundza is a haven for wordsmiths and enthusiasts of all forms of writing. On World Poetry Day, we recognize the power of poetry to serve as a form of escapism or to evoke our shared humanity by reflecting on the emotions and experiences captured by the poet. This day, recognized by the United Nations, promotes linguistic diversity through poetry and facilitates connections between diverse cultures and traditions.
At Fundza, we foster creativity through our #LoveWriting platform, which offers writers the opportunity to showcase their talents in various forms of writing. As we commemorate Poetry Day, let us celebrate our poets by exploring some of the poems that have had the highest readership on the site recently:
I miss you! by Evah Ngobeni
If I were a bird, I would’ve flown to wherever you are!
But I’m not!
And when thinking about the distance between where I am and where you are!
I don’t get peace!
My eyes are filled with a lot of tears.
I cry for you, baby!
Please come back to me.
I miss you.
Mbali eqhakazayo (The Blossoming Flower) by Tebogo Gumede
She smiles, she brags, she laughs
But sometimes exhausted.
Won’t listen to anyone
A bright flower
So beautiful, like the sun shimmering on the morning dew
So beautiful when blooming
Oh, my Rose! You’re red and white
Your colours attract so many eyes
Your scent makes men run a mile
To catch it from afar.
They by Deon Goeieman
They have forgotten about me.
They are acting so strangely towards me
They are going on with their lives as if nothing has happened
They are fine without me
They don’t need or love me anymore
They are ignoring me like they never knew me
It’s like I was never a part of their lives
Yeah, now that they are living their best lives
The soft life
They have pushed me aside
Me! A whole me!
I was always there for them when they needed me!
Who always provided for them
I used to buy everything for them without expecting something back
And without bragging or complaining!
Now that I have nothing, they are treating me like trash!
My so-called friends have forgotten about me
But it’s fine
I pray for them to keep on living their best lives without me
I’ll rise again
Uhm, look at my comeback
It’s going to be greater than my fall
Oh my, it’s going to be better
This time I will look out for those who have been by my side when I had nothing.
I’m going to stick with those who stood by my side when I was down and out
Those who looked out for me
Those who cried with me
Those who gave me everything I needed
Those who were there for me in my darkest hours
Those who had opened their doors for me when I had nowhere else to go
Those who gave me something to eat when I was hungry
Those who had given me something to drink when I was thirsty
They have shown me what true friendship looks like
Friends are supposed to stand together through thick and thin!
Burning Love by Nolonwabo Boya
My heart is ablaze with love.
With your love, I’m in a daze
Your eyes shine like a diamond
Your body against mine with a scent of almond
The softness and hotness of your skin against my cold body is like velvet
Your sweet pink lips cover mine like a duvet
Your dark chocolate skin against my white caramel skin
Your embrace sends me beyond the sky’s limits
Broken Heart by Christina Nyangara
You left my heart in pieces.
You silenced my heart.
You burned my heart into ashes.
You broke the peace in me.
And left the war in my heart
You silenced the freedom in me
And my enemies danced and rejoiced in my pain
Oh! my tears return quickly to dry
My heart and soul long for thee
You stitched my heart with pain and regrets
You broke my heart and silenced it forever
And never returned to unbreak the heart you broke
Don’t force love by Mahlodi Letsoalo.
I always wished someone would love me unconditionally, but things didn’t favour me because I always felt I was forcing things. When I met this guy, I thought I had met my soulmate, but things changed when I started to feel like I didn’t need him. When I was about to break up with him, he constantly cried, so I felt guilty and apologised and never broke up with him, but that changed when I learnt that I should think about my happiness. I decided to tell him to stay away from me because I don’t love him, but he is forcing me to love him, but I can’t do it.
With time I learned to stand up for myself even though my life was in danger because of him. I told myself that no one would force me to love them because it is not something that you can cause but something that you feel from the inside and a feeling that makes you happy.
Don’t force love where it doesn’t belong.
Anyways love is for everyone to feel, not to force it.
If loving you ever gets too much by Relebohile Jobo.
If loving you ever gets too much
Let me know
If my presence gets too overwhelming, please tell me.
I love you too much to let you suffer because of my presence
I value your peace too much to disturb your soul from receiving it. I know I’m a crybaby at times and primarily moody, but if it ever gets too much, open up to me,
I won’t justify my wrongdoings to keep our love alive because the moment it costs you your peace, then it’s way too expensive for you to afford,
Letting you go won’t be easy, but my love for you will allow me to cut the chains and free you.
Yet again, if being with me makes you unhappy, feel free to let go
Holding on will only cause pain, so LEAVE whenever it gets too much.
I love you enough to want what’s best for you, even if I’m not part of it.
House of Zwide by Thatoo Mbengu
I love the house of Zwide.
The fashion designers
The iconic dresses
Then we have Ona
The best designer ever
Then there is Mampho
Pregnant with Nkosi s child
But fell off the stairs
Last but not least
Shoki with soft lips
I appreciate her
And she’s lovely
I’ve been hurt by Kwinda Muchidzi Pearl.
My heart has been broken.
My friend dated my boyfriend.
The boy I loved wholeheartedly
My worst fears have become a reality
My girlfriend dated my deskmate
I was my best friend’s enemy
She loved me when it was beneficial
My male best friend gave up on me
My close best friend left me
My girlfriend is telling everybody about our business
And I am a private person
I feel alone
I am alone
I am hurt
I’m screaming inside
Tears are falling from my eyes
Do I have a problem?
I don’t know.
He’ll never change by Lindelwa Mthombeni.
When he starts hitting you
When he starts beating you
When he makes you his punching bag
When he uses vulgar language
When he kicks you like a ball
And swears you like a dog
Pack your bags and leave
He’ll never change
Saying sorry won’t help you
Forgiving him won’t help you
Staying won’t help you
Hoping he’ll change won’t help you
No matter how hard you cry
No matter how hard you try
No matter the sharpness of the words you say
He’ll never change
Graveyards are full of women
Who was told to hang in there
He will change
Either you choose to leave
Or you be the next victim.
One thing you must know
When he starts, he never stops
He’ll stop only when you are gone.
He’ll never change.
Tell us: Do you enjoy poetry? If so, what’s your favourite? And which one did you want from our list and why?