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Small Portrait of Pain by Chabota Sibuku

[tabby title="Poem"] Breathe as if trying to feel thescent of death,is the new exercise a therapist tellsa depressed client. I center my mind to myselfand what I see is debris of a shreddedchildhood.Then I squeeze the night in my hands,tight...

The Lies Railed into Her Ears by Choolwe Lubaya

[tabby title="Poem"] That she should sway her hips—a woman—this way and that.That it is for extinguishing herhusband’s burning eyes.That she should sweep the yardevery morning, like the way heused to sweep her off her soreswith his lovely mess of words.That...

My Privilege by Chilufya Chileshe

[tabby title="Poem"] How I love the seaMy home town small and dustySoft blue hues calm me My life is a crimeI round the globe boundlesslyBehold such beauty Humble start to lifeI dream of resting my headWhere sky meets water Gentle...

Wilting by Chilufya Chileshe

[tabby title="Poem"] Buoyant and beautifulthe fruit of his brain bountifulshared with the fruit of his loinbeyond boundshis bravery exceptionalshoulders wide and sturdy Today he floundered and foldedwith sudden rapiditythe greenness of his essence escapingfrantic fear grippedany waft of wind will...

Pineapple by Chilufya Chileshe

[tabby title="Poem"] Flavorful.Juicy pineapple that distinct Mwiinilunga sortEating unashamedly with face contortedNector running down my chin and streaming to my elbowDeep prodigious sensationsjoyous wonder that anything could be so good. Flawed.It’s all mineI will eat itAngling the knife to blot...