Reflections

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  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Mamkhulu says I made her love her body She says I made her appreciate the way she is built That sexy should not exclude her round figure, her flat ass, or her flabby arms She says it’s thanks to me that she sees herself as a goddess that she truly is My mother sees […]

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Poetry, Tale Africa

Your Hands

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Your hands strangled the young women’s neck for denying you Your hands teared a baby’s diaper and violated her womb Your hands whipped another woman’s child until her internals bled Your hands slapped the beauty out of her Your hands stabbed the girl for having a good time with her friends Your hands snatched her […]

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Reflections

Risk

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “Nobody tells young girls that men own the power of the gaze my mother never told me that men may look at me but I may not look back. That if we do our look can be taken as an invitation. Men teach us that. Over the years we train our gaze to skim […]

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Short Stories, Tale Africa

A Son’s Betrayal (Finale)

By Samuel S. Bunnya, Uganda He placed a faint smile on his face as he reached out to his father. The Great Father smiled at Orhóvihir. He used his hand and helped Orhóvihir sit on the ground. “My son, maybe one day I will explain it all to you.” “Explain what?” Orhóvihir asked. “Your vision will plunge the whole world […]

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Letters from the Body

By Chido Nyandoro, Zimbabwe They may cut me, defile me, Mock me, shoot me, Rape me, starve me, Throw me in a cage, in the gutter, in a grave, For simply one thing, the colour of my skin; Yes they have tried, To dishonour me…to kill me But still, here I stand, Tall; Strong, Still able to bear fruit; to […]

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