Poem: “The Spectacle of Youth” by Mazisi Kunene

I loved the children of the lion When their manes were beginning to grow, Simulating the ancient heroes. I knew the greatness of their future

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The Spectacle of Youth
A Young Lion. Image by Christo Ras from Pixabay
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The Spectacle of Youth

I loved the children of the lion
When their manes were beginning to grow,
Simulating the ancient heroes.
I knew the greatness of their future
When they leap on the tender necks of antelopes
Which prided themselves on their fleetness.
I praised the skillfulness of their power,
Knowing how soon they will be killing buffaloes.

— Mazisi Kunene

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