We grow up landless

I finally placed my mat upon the ground
And set my feet at the tip of its tongue to ask you
Who keeps telling you that my happiness threatens your own
When love is here without favourable position
It was here before any land on earth was ever promised
And it will be here long after.

Copyright Β© Nomzi Kumalo, 2015.


  1. The real question is do we belong to the earth? or the earth belong to us?! The irony is when one tries to own something that very something starts slipping away from that very moment….. Food for thought, Nomzi.


  2. People may think we own this or that. Maybe the land, or a computer, even a child (sic). And people may think this thing or that, is prerequisite to happiness or success. Your poem exposes the illusion. Each phrase is moving in its own right. “Who keeps telling you that my happiness threatens your own,” is especially powerful, and I teetor. I want to say (and blame_ others, though deep inside I know I tell myself – it’s my own fear and insecurities. In the last 3 lines you remind me – love conquers all. Thank you for this Nomzi. Today you, in your poetry, lift my heart. …. Bruce πŸ™‚

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  3. Tundra, some volcanoes, sand dunes, rocky icy islands, also some very low elevation islands. Land grabs going on everywhere. Even for the inhospitable places. And water sources being grabbed, too. 😦


      1. Mars πŸ˜€

        People have bought real estate on the Moon, including (ex)President Bush. Dunno WHO they bought it from. Might be like the Spanish buying colonies from the French in North America. Or the Swiss owning WATER in South America. There will be fight(s) over it all one day, including the titanium on the Moon, and mineral in asteroids.

        Did you know, there are now rats in Antarctica?

        I wonder if there are any Lotus seeds in the seed vault? I suspect most the stored seeds are getting too old to ever germinate. Lotus seeds last. πŸ™‚

        By the way, I like that red dirt on Mars. Looks like some of the red dirt around here and in the state of Georgia, USA, too? Hawaii has red dirt in some places. They use it to dye textiles. πŸ™‚


        1. “Dunno WHO they bought it from.” That just about sums it all up.

          And rats in Antarctica. I presume they have adapted to the harsh climate.

          Lotus seeds last. You are fantastic Bear. πŸ™‚

          There is a lot of beautiful red dirt towards the western part of South Africa. More orange though. And smells wonderful when it meets the rain. Nature. πŸ™‚

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    1. Fabulous to hear Lady Fi. From your beautiful photography I can see that you are treating life with love and so life is treating you with love in return. You are positively uplifting. πŸ™‚


    1. What a wonderful question Celestine. πŸ™‚ All the land was divided and fenced by somebody and labelled by somebody and is owned by somebody.

      My grandmother and her family owned farmland in South Africa. That land was taken, not bought but taken from them by somebody and now I am landless. Does anyone know of any land without an owner?

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