Book: Let’s Take a Walk Mama
By Tiisetso Thiba
Review by Henry Ozogula
The author is a talented, effortless poet and most of the content of this work constitute true poetry. The examples are legion but I’d just point out some samples here including lots of impressive similes.
"When I cascaded a tear and made the pillows sludge" pg 38 …
"I close the book. Before waterfall in my marble"
"Desperation is buddy of depression"
"His hand to ease me from the cuffs of agony’’ Page 11
"Mum's Coffee...made by magic hands. And adorned by the cream of profound love"
"Be my derrick to uplift me from the muck" Brilliant!
And savour this line, which highlights the sexual flavour of wordsmiths! "I ejaculate my thoughts onto paper" page 46.
Note the doses of philosophy in this work too, eg "Life is too short, but we'll be here for a while..." pg 18
Similes include, "like python that preys on some animals" page 8.
"Africa vanishing like rubbish in the ocean" pg 12.
"He was short tempered like a lion" page 16.
"Our love for you burning and boiling like a gold pan" (33)
However, there are some spelling or printing mistakes in this book, e.g on page 1, "tears running down my chicks" which should be "cheeks". And on page 22 "past compliments the present" - It should be complements. Also, "he pretends to be holly" which should be "holy".
But despite some mistakes, this is a very good book by a sensitive, intelligent South African poet.