Early Sunday morning of the 8th December 2013, I took a long ascent up iNtaba kaNdoda to visit chief's burial site.
For his mother's likeness
The black water snake from Xhukwane
Sharp eyes daring the red dawn
Learning lifelong lessons here
At the Mngcwangeni foot of this Ntaba kaNdoda
During the Thuthula moment of the war of Amalinde
The black water snake who crossed famed rivers
Who fought in valiance in the waterkloof
And Amathole stirring Jingqi's passions
All the way to the island
Mover of people, patriot, hero, strategist
Ngqika's beloved son
The whole nation salutes you.
Portrait photograph (#337) of Chief Maqoma courtesy of Gustav Theodor Fritsch Collection