• Zvinoita kunge kamwana karikudzidzira kutaura ngano
    Heko kasimuka

    pasina adavira kuti, dzepfunde

  • 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

  • There were things familiar, brisk,

    nonchalant conversations, neon fabrics

    of this place that once was home.

    He used to sit under the bougainvillea

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

    to make all evil disappear instantly

  • Young limbs forage for their own

     Strutting guns like toys

     Small feet taming the jungle

     Soldiers going to war

     eat gunpowder for supper


    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

  • Nyamavhuvhu wakundikana
    Wakundikana kuvhuvhuta zvine mutsindo

    Mashizha ezhizha rapera zvaakangosvibira
    kubatirira pamibayamhondoro

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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