Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tendai Mwanaka- Three Poems

rumour written on the wind

wet with dust
the wind is unleashing
wind-racking passions
unraveling spools of wire-flung
into the sky, shivering on top of
an open sky
into the space
opaque merry-go rounds
the tree’s branches are
stripped naked
by the dismal demented
Augusts’ winds
And in the pools of dust
the windows are wrapped
In wind’s dust
As we spent hours
in Augusts’ windy afternoon
walking on top of
yellow leaves,
 The wind
fiercely, the burn of
the wind on our eyes,
almost protecting us
like our next of kin.
Rumour written on
the wind
whispering of
no wind-holes offered
of ante bellum gentry
gone to the south
In the hazards of
the wind’s swishes.

love on this page

love, a hug
a thumping voice in my heart
exclaiming slowly
exclamation marks
in lighting the first star
are not punctual
punctuation marks
do not answer
question marks
of her untwisting heart
i am her footnote
when did I become this?
but she is still the text
a shredded cloud
re-gilding my heart
in my mind, of
all things necessary
i am a new text with strange
odd signposts;
i twirl in rapids.


Desire names this place
possessive about panic
like a shadow of time.
Prone to heart’s murmurs
shift shapes of desires
wagging through this time.
Storing this time like
into our own skins.
Our eyes pressed
to the keyholes
of our lives.
Time runs down
our spines
like a shiver.
As we rub seconds,
minutes, and hours
One against the other.
The friction
propelling us
Time falls apart
and breaks
into a puzzle.
Measuring this time.
by the mix of
these elements
Is that a poor
attempt at

Voices from exile, a collection of poetry on Zimbabwe’s political situation and exile in South Africa was published by Lapwing publications, Northern Ireland in 2010. KEYS IN THE RIVER: Notes from a Modern Chimurenga, a novel of interlinked stories that deals with life in modern Zimbabwe was published by Savant books and publications, USA in 2012. Revolution, Logbook written by a drifter, and Voices from exile were both short listed by the Erbecce press poetry prize in 2012, 2011, and 2009 respectively, nominated for the Pushcart twice, 2008, 2010, commended for the Dalro prize 2008, nominated and attended Caine African writing workshop 2012. Published over 200 pieces of short stories, essays, memoirs, poems and visual art in over 100 magazines, journals, and anthologies in the following countries,  the USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, India, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Romania, Mexico, Cameroon, Italy, France, Spain, Cyprus, Australia and New Zealand.

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