Julius Chingono Poems


You rise before
the sun
to till our field
our baby strapped
on your bent back
breaking only to feed
the child.
Breakfast is cold sadza
left over from the
previous night's meal.
Before sunset
you fetch firewood, fuel
for cooking supper.
You fetch water
for washing utensils,
for cooking, for bathing.
you skip your bath
to spent
to bend before a dish.
To relieve yourself
you bare your buttocks
in the veld
without shame
like an animal.
Dozing with a morsel .
of sadza in the palm.
Talking to our Takudzwa
a toothless baby,
sleeping on a pot-holed floor.
in a pole and dagga
under thatch hut
make a day in your life.

Amai Taku shame
overwhelms me
to realise that
when you drop
to sleep and dream
making love to me.
I stagger to bed
in the arms of a town whore
drunk from clear beer.... more »


Loneliness -
is coming to an empty bed
attempting to share it
with thoughts
of who you are
of whom you care for
reminding yourself
of her nightmare screams
the fragility
she composes
when you comfort her.
the night she sparred
in her dreams
sprained her wrist
missed your cheek
to hit the head board.
when you joined her
in a sleep walk
a night walk
to awaken her.... more »


Mireza yerudo
Zvitsui zvemba zvinopwititika chiutsi
Kuchemedzana kwezvana
Pachivanze zvotamba zvazvo
Kudaidzwa nezita
Risiri rababa vako
Pamberi pababa vako
Nhumbi kana nhumbu
Dzibnopiwa muchvimbo
Naizvozvo isu vanodana
Ngatisimudzei iyi mireza narini narini.... more »

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