• There were things familiar, brisk,

    nonchalant conversations, neon fabrics

    of this place that once was home.

    He used to sit under the bougainvillea

  • 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

  • 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

  • Young limbs forage for their own

     Strutting guns like toys

     Small feet taming the jungle

     Soldiers going to war

     eat gunpowder for supper

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


    I said NO

    Dentyne she coaxed

    I said same difference

    Stop trying to sell me temporary pleasure


    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

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

    to make all evil disappear instantly

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

  • How have we arrived to this place
    a fractured people with no value for life
    hating and murdering our own
    to shoot, to lynch, to murder
    the future we fought for...

  • In this year anew
    Careful with the questions you ask me
    I beg you brethren,
    children of the universe I bow to
    Do not ask me if I am married

  • Nyamavhuvhu wakundikana
    Wakundikana kuvhuvhuta zvine mutsindo

    Mashizha ezhizha rapera zvaakangosvibira
    kubatirira pamibayamhondoro

  • Smoke wraps around you like a halo
    the perfum that tells me I am home
    Hands cracked from years of unselfishly tilling the land
    to bring me this future better than yours