Category: Poetry

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The Wandering Boy

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe   A boy I was A man I wanted to be Or maybe more than a man But what is more than a man, I wondered Nothing. So I would be a man.   A man I was And glory was it to me The rage, the honor, the deceit, the strength All were within me […]

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Borrowed Roles

By Chido Nyandoro, Zimbabwe Set up on a hidden stage A secret love you’ve always know would one day be gone. He’s not ready and you’re not whole; Yet here you two are, playing these same leading roles w Which other people will come and take. I hope you will listen, I hope you will know, when it’s time to […]

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The Colour of Nothingness

  By Christi Warner, Namibia I have not contemplated an agenda No suicidal mission Neither is this a declaration of guilt No need to hurry your worry My thoughts are a rainstorm There’s a chance of a flood I have to get it out So my brain cells won’t drown Feed it to my loyal pen Ask it to paint […]

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This Truth but no Further

  By Lerato Mensah-Aborampah, Lesotho, the Mountain Kingdom The truth is I am scared. I am really scared. But I will not tell you that. I will tell you only of how scary the things I fear are. I will speak about them as vaguely as I can. I will not personalise them too much. Because when I speak truthfully, I […]

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The Day Through Her Eyes

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa He was supposed to be her escape, The knight in shining armour that swept her off her feet. He was supposed to be the prince that rescued her, Like Rapunzel she was stuck in an evil tower. Parents forever fighting, Her home felt like hell on earth. He was supposed to be the breath […]

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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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