• Young limbs forage for their own

     Strutting guns like toys

     Small feet taming the jungle

     Soldiers going to war

     eat gunpowder for supper

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    Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nigeria
    claim your children
    not the prodigal sons and daughters
    hunting for gold in fields not their own

  • Zvinoita kunge kamwana karikudzidzira kutaura ngano
    Heko kasimuka

    ‘Paivapo,’
    pasina adavira kuti, dzepfunde

  • You are about to become
    that
    Which you were told
    you would NEVER
    become

  • My blood is cold beneath my skin

    frozen with shame

    they undressed me

    in front of a thousand strange men

    stripped me of all pride and dignity

  • I love the taste of the first rains on my tongue

    it sits gently like a long forgotten out-of-season fruit

    begging to be savoured, melting down my throat

  • I held out my hand by the till she said,

    Dandy?

    I said NO

    Dentyne she coaxed

    I said same difference

    Stop trying to sell me temporary pleasure

  • I heard that you heard from Thando
    Who heard from Khulumani
    Khulumani heard from his friend Dumi
    Who is a boyfriend to my best friend Sibo

  • Nyamavhuvhu wakundikana
    Wakundikana kuvhuvhuta zvine mutsindo

    Mashizha ezhizha rapera zvaakangosvibira
    kubatirira pamibayamhondoro

  • Democracy
    I see you like to wave him about
    Like a magic wand

    to make all evil disappear instantly

  •  

    He comes to me

    says we must bury mother

    I say to him brother

    we buried her eight years ago

    incessantly he knocks on my door

    at midnight

  • Where I come from
    POVERTY
    Is the stretch-marked tears
    Refusing to fall off nana’s cheeks
    Because she is cried out
    All her children gone

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