Own two feet

We don’t need othersTo end up face first on the floorWe can land up thereAll by ourselves.Other people cannot beHeld accountableFor the poor choices we make.It is our own feetThat need strengtheningOur own soulsThat thirst for redemption.Rather than searching high and lowFor a world that doesn’t offendOr temptBetter to find enough lightTo keep your feetFrom […]

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Working Weekends

Sucks.Time lapsesAnd the lines betweenWaking and sleeping blur-My bed is filled with thoughts of workMy desk is littered with yawns and power naps.Folding laundry is suddenly fascinatingMy eye drifts to my phone incessantlyThe weight of the week lies heavy on my shouldersThe dishes are harder to doEveryone else seems to be throwing a partyAnd the […]

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The words I most want to write

Evade me.Like toddler too fast for their sizeThe words are within viewBut find ways of hiding beneath tablesAnd behind curtainsPlayfully frustrating meGently irritatingAs if they knowThat if I lose my coolI’d be forced to forfeit the gameAnd have no right to hold the baby-The paragraphThe stanzaThe story-The words I most want to write.Once in a […]

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She felt like a Friday

Her conversation led so easily  To laughter, Her joy knocked me senseless Til I forgot my sadness And how heavy the week had been. Her hand was small And made me wonder How so much softness Could take residence on a palm. She felt like a Friday Like a load had been lifted By simply […]

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Double Click

It is easy to hover over an issue  Like a cursor  Making assertions from a safe distance Holding assumptions that ruffle no feathers, Sharing safe opinions Making generic recommendations And not be held accountable for them. For many things in this life, That is all that is needed – To have a general idea To […]

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The moment of belonging

When do strangers become friends?When does a name go from beingJust another one on a clipboardTo one committed to memory for life?When does a visitorChoose to become a regular?When does a nationGo from a place you visitTo a base you leave from?When does a hand you once stiffly shookBecome the hand youNever want to let […]

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Blind guides

We were not fools by choice.Life had led us to thinkThat we could never be wrong.We stumbledWhen we thought we were sprintingWe impaledPeople we thought we were lifting upUprootedWhat we thought we were ‘saving’We thought that good intentions were enough.That as long as it made sense to usIt would always make sense.Little did we knowThat […]

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Harare

“Restless”Is a more accurate descriptionThan “the city that doesn’t sleep”For there is a lot of slumbering here,Lots of eyes closed to sufferring within and withoutNumbed consciencesAnd silenced voices-Yes, plenty of sleepBut rest evades the city.Harare is a synonym for hustlingFor making do with the little one hasFor never quite fullyShowing your hand,For defying the oddsFor […]

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On needing to being liked

Something in me aches For a smile On the face of every strangerAffirmationOn the lips of every loved oneEager support From every colleague and acquaintance,As though all the world’s peoplesWere extras in my screenplayNPCs* in my video gameSpectators and cheerleaders on my sidelines-Always seeing things my wayAlways ready to play their partOf the grateful participantIn […]

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The Table

There’s nothing as indomonitableAs the calm of the soul.A steadiness that resistsUnion with oblivionA warm seatIn the face of a blizzard.There’s a promised tableThat is setIn the midst of enemiesAnd on it sits a feastOf treasures that defy our povertyAnd delights that contradict our miseryYou see, the goodness of GodNeed not be warmed up toCleaned […]

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