Monday, January 19, 2015

Heart Within Your Palms


He’s lived his life attempting to
help everyone with almost anything
& in so doing sacrificed everything,
yet even he knows that
Ambition is a pure form of energy
that can be harnessed
so as to accomplish almost anything.

So he continues to journey on
in his pursuit of his dreams,
but keeps hearing the call
of the tormented souls
lost within the vessels
that stand before him.

That is why I write
to liberate my thoughts
from their mental prison,
so I script my life
in order to place my Heart
within the palms of your hands
& hope you listen.

Hope you listen to the tale
of a Black Narcissist ready
to step out into the ocean of possibilities
& mold his path to where he could
never picture himself ever being.
Yes, I am an evolutionary being,
and now the question is
whether the Villain within is revolutionary
in how they will tend to
define his and my being.

This is the tale of the child
that sits in the shadows;
he is the tormented soul that
will forever battle against himself
in order to reason out whether the victor
will be the hero or the villain within.
This is the story of his end
as much as it is about his beginning
as well as everything in between.

So I write
to liberate my thoughts
from their mental prison
& script my life
in order to place my Heart
within the palms of your hands
& hope you listen.


— Nikolai Tjongarero


Born and raised in Windhoek, Namibia, Nikolai Tjongarero is a contributor to The Ground's Ear Contemporary Verse from Southern Africa poetry anthology. Nikolai's poems, social commentary and ruminations can be found online at #GetFamiliar where Heart Within Your Palms first appeared in a slightly different format.