I painted my mind,
In many colours; abstracted art
In red, blue, yellow, green, and purple
I was so satisfied.
Then I met someone with a small canvas mind.
I imagined what their minds look like,
Oh! It has no colour, just darkness.
I tried to paint the colours of the small boxed-minds
It just seemed unimaginable.
Because every colour kept fading back into dark colour
I tried to stretch the canvas to a bigger size,
But it kept shrinking back to its original size, and it straightforwardly said, “It is what it is”.
I was so frustrated with this small boxed mind.
Because the colours of the painting energy that have been inside of me keep growing and growing until they can’t hold it anymore,
Then they finally exploded out of the darkness, inside of my mind.
Those colours splashed onto my new mind canvas.
And I gazed at how beautiful my brand new mind looks.
It has more deep-meaningful colours and no longer hidden from the world.
Now, I am content with my new abstracted mind.
© Tshepiso Malete
Tshepiso Malete is a poet, writer and song signer. Ever since life hit her, she has been rewriting poems to express herself. She has visions in her mind that cannot be explained verbally but written. Tshepiso was born and bred in Johannesburg, and she is well-known as a song signer to Deaf South African Community. She is currently wearing two hearing aids. She takes so much pleasure in listening with her hearing aids, many songs and analyse the song lyrics. Her videos are on a YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UC0DME4smFhxkiAkq33TrbSQ