She said, he said, we said

She said let’s spend more time together, like lovers.
He said I am too busy & why do you want to be white?
Years went by, nothing changed.

She said please do not put the children down like this.
He said never ever tell me how to raise my children & what are you?
Years went by, nothing changed.

She said let’s call a family meeting to help us with this mess.
He said I don’t need a family to sort out our problems.
Years went by, nothing changed.
 
She said let’s go for couple therapy to deal with our issues.
He said I am not mad. You go alone, I’m glad you can see your madness.
Years went by, something changed.

She said let’s separate, this is not working.
He said I will change & took his gun out of the safe.
It was twenty-five years & five children later.

She said nothing when she lay for queue-ing faces to see.
He said I am sorry I don’t know what got over me.
In all those years, we said nothing.

Sponsor this poem

Would you like to sponsor this poem? Find out how here.

Recordings

Khosi Xaba Downloads

1Mornings on Weekdays

£0.89

2My Book

£0.89

3Waking Up

£0.89

4This Dance

£0.89

5Locked

£0.89

6Find Me A Fan

£0.89

7Send Me A Sign

£0.89

8Words

£0.89

9Tongues of Their Mothers

£0.89

10My Name is Gentle Fingers

£0.89

11Who will wash my feet?

£0.89

12Dignity Spills

£0.89

13March 2006

£0.89

14And the game plays on

£0.89

15The speed of life

£0.89

16Brakpan 2002

£0.89

17Summer

£0.89

19To my librarian

£0.89

19The Brown Pelican

£0.89

20Speaking of hearts

£0.89

21Her body has not been found

£0.89

22He said, she said, we said

£0.89

23Sorting

£0.89

24Wishing

£0.89

25Come

£0.89

26Handle with care

£0.89

27these hands

£0.89

28X-Himself and Song

£0.89

Books by Makhosazana Xaba