Cowards and mongrels of yellow-bellied hue,
Those who throw stones and brandish knives.
You murder the children and kill ubuntu.

Attacking the stranger and threatening lives,
You, big men, puffed up and fattened on pride,
Those who throw stones and brandish knives.

Come out, you cockerel, behind others you hide.
Of what, tell me, are you so damned terrified?
You, big men, puffed up and fattened on pride.

Your mantra is violence.  You’re feeble inside.
You disgust the nations, to brothers bring shame.
Of what, tell me, are you so damned terrified?

Your very own crimes on others you blame
Casting dispersion, you justify gain.
You disgust the nations, to brothers bring shame.

Violence begets violence; your hands bear the stain.
Cowards and mongrels of yellow-bellied hue,
Casting dispersion, you justify gain.
You murder the children and kill ubuntu.

 

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Day Sixteen: Terzanelle

Write in the form known as the terzanelle. A hybrid of the villanelle and terza rima, terzanelles consist of five three-line stanzas and a concluding quatrain. Lines and rhymes are chained throughout the poem, so that the middle line of each triplet is repeated as the last line of the following triplet (or, for the last triplet, in the concluding quatrain).

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