I scrub away your burden
Down the drain
Everything softens in the shower.

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2015.

Published 5 March 2014


  1. haha amazing! When I saw the title I expected something long and maybe wise words for me to learn something.
    But you are right, what more do we need then a shower 😉


  2. Kumalo, short but very powerful. The careful choice of imagery evokes a burden that could be emotional or physical – the use of shower and drain seal it by suggesting not just a softening but a cleansing hinting a feeling of being soiled by the activities of the other. I felt the pain and relief of the poetess as I read this short piece. Habari gani, Kumalo?


    1. The more one tries to avoid pain, the more pain insists. The way I see it, one is meant to live and learn and grow through pain.

      Pain does not go away but I think that how we perceive pain can change. Probably key.

      I feel a new poem arriving. Thank you for the inspiration Celestine. Have a peaceful week. 🙂

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