Fragrance of a Crush by Kitso Kgaboesele


I long for your voice all over my skin

pirouetting around you.

Tip toes around the fold of your name,

careful leaps as my spirit lunges towards you
who does not even know that you have awakened my inner phantoms

calling each one by name.


Around a hedge daisies, 

on a tree trunk, beneath a bed of foliage and deep within the forest

there are secrets

Where the past had fossilised itself, unmoveable, unshakeable

until you smiled.


A future; a concoction of dreams, desire and maybe a bit of luck,

Listen to the falling rain.

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Contributor Notes

Kitso Kgaboesele is an arts and culture researcher previously with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s News Research and Policy Analysis unit. Ms. Kgaboesele is passionate about the creative industries, the ICTs, and socio-economic research. As a features writer she has written for publications such as Top Billing Magazine, Femina and O, The Oprah Magazine to mention a few. She also worked as a research assistant in the office of the Special Advisor (Poet Laureate – Keorapetse Kgositsile) to the then Minister of Arts and Culture of South Africa, Dr Pallo Jordan.

Ms. Kgaboesele is a recent graduate of the University of Witwatersrand’s Link Centre where she obtained a Certificate in Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where she majored in African Studies (African literature and film). She also holds a BA (Hons) Degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) where she majored in English and French Literature and an Advertising and Marketing Diploma from AAA School of Advertising.