STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS 2021: Siphokazi Jonas’ poetry reminds us that we’re not alone during Covid-19 pandemic

By Karabo Mafolo

 Eastern Cape poet Siphokazi Jonas. Photo: SUPPLIED

‘What does not sink’, performed ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening, is a moving poem about what we’ve lost during Covid-19 and a reminder that we are not alone. 

Standing on the steps of Parliament, poet Siphokazi Jonas tells us that: “There is a flood inside our house. The water climbs up the walls when we weep; it does not let us breathe. Everything is wet with grief.”

“It was a big scope (to cover) because the effects have been far-reaching (as)  schools were closed, people had their salary cuts so I needed to balance that and our reality of how Covid-19 has changed our sense of community,” Jonas told Daily Maverick on Friday.  

Read more at The Daily Maverick

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