"Alexandra" (Mongane Wally Serote)

"But we have only one mother, none can replace, Just as we have no choice to be born, We can't choose mothers; We fall out of them like we fall out of life to death."

"But we have only one mother, none can replace,
Just as we have no choice to be born,
We can't choose mothers;
We fall out of them like we fall out of life to death."

South Africa

Mongane Wally Serote is an award-winning poet who's lived and worked in New York, Botswana and London. During apartheid, he was politically involved and was consequently exiled from South Africa in the 1970s. His first book of poems, Yakhal'inkomo, was published in 1972.