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Extracted from African Writing online, Issue Two
The man from Egypt was
whispering behind a hedge
with this woman from Canaan.
the father walked
away before they saw him
went to his weapons room
then flew back to the hedge, enraged
The man, legs tied
by Guilt, the woman, eyes unbelieving the sight,
could run nowhere, could not pretend even.
you are caught by the father whispering,
your man takes you home, arranges a messenger,
pays bride price, and you are normalized.
whisper all you want, in hedges or vast sky
no father brandishes axe in your face:
that's life in Egypt and Canaan
distinct and interesting sections
of Highfield, Harare.
was born in Zimbabwe, where he started writing at the age of thirteen.
He teaches English at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, where
he is an editor of the Cosumnes River Journal. He has published
poetry in journals and magazines in Zimbabwe, Ireland and the United
States. His recent publications have appeared in Virtual Poet, Slow
Trains Journal, Ibhuku, and AfricanWriter.com
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