A youthful mind covered in wrinkles A tender hand, caressing the dark circles That orbit around your eyes A black rose hiding in a field of red roses Plucked from stinging nettles Painful backaches and tensed up shoulders Constantly projecting our fears onto others Affirming our desires through brief encounters we have Shying away from truthful connections We fear the idea of being vulnerable As we peel back our layers We choose to silence the inner child Creating multiple defences Avoiding the truth Suffocating our faith in trust Hesitantly embracing the cycle of life From an infant to a loving child The kindred spirit is lost Decades of instructions on what being an adult is all about Drained the light within us Inside us still exists an inquisitive explorer A weightless flower ready to blossom
Tanaka is a singer and poet. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe, migrated to London in 2004. Growing in Zimbabwe and London has given her a dual perspective on society. These differences inspired her to start writing poetry. Poetry is a safe space where she can escape from the pressure of both world.
Metamorphosis, a collection of poems by Tanaka Makoni is available now.