Month: January 2017

Poetry, Tale Africa

Moving

By Philani Tyson Nombika, South Africa: Like trees that move back and forth in resistance of wind Life makes its paces at what seems still as time won’t move Feels like every single step takes eternity Lovers promise forever before it’s taken Beneath its full belly, hands streached reaching for oppoturnities that may crumble In street corners the gifted wait […]

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Torn (4)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: The third time I was 16 years old, my body was fully developed and I was a full blown mapakisha. I still didn’t have any real friends, except my dad. That year my mother got promoted and become the matron at our nearest hospital. My father was a teacher, which meant he had more time […]

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From His Arms to Yours (3)

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: Eventually, you gave me an ultimatum. “I don’t want to share you anymore.” I swallowed hard and hedged, “But you have a girlfriend.” “I think it is time we were officially together.” I was excited and scared at the same time. In all the time we had been together the scariest thought for me had been […]

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The River Willing

                                               By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbawe: Every night it’s the same. The sequence always follows a specific pattern, a worn-out road to the same conclusion. The dream always starts with me. I’m on a hill in the middle of some grassy plain. My men are down in the valley, sweeping what remains of the enemy. None stand before me anymore. The wind […]

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Torn (3)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: The second time I was 10 years old. My breasts were starting to develop, so was the pubic hair. I grew up very quickly, my body became old when my mind was still very young. That night I had fallen asleep on the chair. My room has a study desk where I spend most of […]

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From His Arms to Yours (2)

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: I expected it to be about a week before you asked to see me again, instead it was three days. In that time, we had been texting constantly and you told me you missed me every day. I didn’t spare your girlfriend another thought that second time when we cuddled and talked and kissed. I asked […]

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Torn (2)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: “What happened to her, Lebo?” “Sipho, I don’t know what to say anymore. She just had one of her episodes.” “She said she killed them, who are they?” I shake my head. “What if she really did kill people? What are we going to do, Lebo?” What else can I say? I’ve been in this […]

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Buried in my Backyard

By Philani Tyson Nombika, South Africa: We are known for our lightness Sun absorbing skin we smile the loudest Deafening pulse our hearts know these streets will never forgive us For we have given the most tender parts of us We have surrendered our souls to belong in these corners that tear holes in our pocket so they stay empty […]

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Torn (1)

? By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: “Are you seriously breaking up with me?” He seems genuinely shocked. “Get out!” I scream. “But why?” I’m already crying, why won’t he just accept this and walk away? “Speak to me bab…” “It’s your hands!” I interrupt, “They are creepy, I’m scared of them. Please just… please leave.” I’m shouting, my whole body […]

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