i woke up late for work today


i woke up late for work today.

not that i wanted to.

the sparrow

did not crow.

the alarm

did not ring.

the birds

did not sing.

i found myself

at ten a.m.

with lingering lids.

that felt lighter

to open.

with a heart

beating at the bloom

of the day.

with a new life

pouring into the old.

it is a beautiful thing.

how the things

we want the least

can be the ones

we need the most.


© Hudson Biko

Photograph by Ryan Moreno

A Rush of Green (with Nandita)

Had the pleasure of doing another collaboration with the exceptional Nandita. Her majestic verse was absolute magic to write off.

when twilight shines
and pins it with a star.
when the cuckoo sings,
and the mountains stand tall,
when the birds chirp and
she looks at me
with the depth of an ocean,
when her lips tremble and
her eyes reveal all
that she wants
to kiss me as if
there is no morrow…

the cesspools of sorrow
at the seams
of translucent dreams.
as constellations of green
caught in the peal
of the iris
rush in beams
as quick
as the flow of seas
began by the gentle breeze
seized in serene of their peel

© Hudson Biko and Nandita Manan Yata. 2018.


there are times when the leaves settle

against the blue of the sky.

and there are thoughts that linger


do you tell

yourself that

it was nothing

at all?



do you

maze through


filled with the haze

of days

you keep setting ablaze?



did i only care


you cared?


© Hudson Biko