Sindiwe Magona’s Please, Take Photographs

It takes a village
Sindiwe Magona
It takes a village
To raise a child
Mother to tomorrow’s
It takes a village
To heal broken accord
Child to tomorrow’s
It takes a village
To plough the widow’s field
So her children will not steal
To live.
It takes a village
To sow seeds of life
Cooperation, life-blood
To communal living.
It takes a village
To raise a standard,
Kill competition, father
Of greed and unending strife.
From Please, Take Photographs (Modjaji Books, 2009)
To purchase Please, Take Photographs, contact Colleen Higgs at Modjaji Books:
You are cordially invited to Please, Take Photograph’s launch – Sindiwe will be reading – at the Cape Town Book Fair on 14 June 2009 from 17h30 to 18h30 at the DALRO Stage in the CTICC exhibition halls.

10 thoughts on “Sindiwe Magona’s Please, Take Photographs

  1. LDMayer

    I first heard Sindiwe read her poem, “Please Take Photographs” at a small restaurant in Brooklyn about ten years ago.
    We were in a workshop together in the Bronx–she was a wonderful teacher/mentor/writer/friend.
    Is it possible to be in touch with her?
    Thank you!
    Lisa Donati Mayer

  2. Michelle Post author

    Hi Lisa, thanks so much for visiting.

    I think the best thing for you to do would be to contact Colleen Higgs, Sindiwe’s publisher at Modjaji Books. I’m sure she will be able to put you in touch with Sindiwe.

    Colleen’s email address is:

    Best wishes,

  3. Precious Magona

    There is nothing that women cannot do, keep up the good work auntie i’m so proud of you.

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