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For the First Time

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda Last night,when you told me you still love me. I felt it, the stirrings of my grizzled heart beat. I knew that under all the hate and pain I still loved you. We had been through too much for you to become a distant regret.   Falling in love with you was so easy It felt […]

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Africa

By Sekantši Sitsane, Lesotho  Like Thabo Mbeki, I’m an African. I was born in this land and in it I shall die And everyday Africa is reborn in me I eat from her soil and drink from her streams She too is replenished by the hands of her people Their flesh and blood fertilise the plains Our heroes: who gave […]

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Energy

Philani Tyson Nombika, South Africa: The energy Smile tumbling of white bunny rabbits Squeezing for space within contours when you smile, That is cute The flush of bliss when the curtains of your eyes fall As though allowing the performer to take one last bow. In appreciation of just how you smile At how eyes glisten with tears when you […]

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No One But You

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: She never wanted anything but you Every man before or after you Was clothed in your memory. You filled her mind Her heart ached for more of you. Every kiss, every touch, Felt like remembrance of your embrace. Sometimes it frightened her, how much she wanted you Every moment between you two was intense. No one […]

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Wild

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: I try to run, to hide But I end up with you anywhere. Is there a life where I get away safe? Or is it my fate to end up here Losing myself as you domesticate me I wasn’t meant to be tamed, And yet you think am a wild fire That needs putting out.   […]

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Burned Beings

By Philani Tyson Nombika, South Africa: For the thirst that lingers in our mouths The undying will to take lessons from failure The success that we are made for The fake smiles we wear in the face of disappointment To not giving up For we are the burned things The burden stricken, lost things The dark skinned forgotten, rare beings […]

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Backwards

  By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: I loved you before you kissed me, Wait- maybe I have that backwards. I loved you after you kissed me. It felt like a glimpse of the rest of our lives. And yet I wish you could take it back. The little kisses all over my face, The words, oh the words. They are seared […]

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Shaken by Storms

By Philani Tyson Nombika, South Africa: That belief that brews fire in your belly Burning any hope of giving up. That there alone is enough to kill a person But what if you’ve chosen to give life What if life is like the wrinkles at the corner of your smile That you saw casually wear like those torn tracksuit pants […]

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Someday Maybe

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: It hurts to see you everyday And yet not seeing you hurts even worse. It feels like a lump on my heart Smothering me the more it grows I smell your perfume on my bed And thoughts of you invade my head Every night I try to sleep Every time I think deep. I toss and […]

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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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