When I started writing poetry I didn’t know I was writing poetry. For me, it was just a way to express my emotions and my thoughts without feeling judged or misunderstood.
I was always intrigued by stories, being the shy person I am, I was always nose deep in a book. I would write stories and letters to myself, not knowing these were my formative years, my first dalliance with my literary love. It was only when I got to high school that I got the courage to show my work to my supportive English teacher and that was the birth of the poet within BabyShoesThePoet
With the support of my teacher, I began to write more, share more and so I gain the confidence to believe in this gift I had. Throughout the years’ poetry became the bridge that helped me understand myself, understand my pain and heal. Poetry is my first love, my counselor, my comforter and pillar of strength. The first time I ever attended a poetry session I went to see Leboganag Mashile, a South African poet, see made me see poetry differently. She showed me that poetry is not just for the elite but for me as well. She opened my eyes to a part of poetry I never imagined existed and I fell completely and utterly in love with the spoken word. She is my hero; a poet, a female and a fighter.
Poetry in Africa is still growing in Africa and I am excited to see what it will be in the coming years. Poetry saved my life and instilled a sense of passion and stability in my life and for that I am grateful.
Poetry is my brave heart.
With Love : BabyShoesThePoet
– By Zamanyambose Mthethwa