Friday, October 26, 2012

Innocent Prayer by Artwell Masuku

Dear lord
Perhaps I am being sinful
But I have one question
To ask
One that makes papa*
Lower his eyes
And talk of the weather

And O Dear lord
Mama* told me that
Only bad kids
Ask such silly questions
And I got a jolly
Good spanking

My Sunday school teacher
Miss Ncube speaks greatly of you
That you are
Gentle and loving

But now O Lord
I cannot wait any longer
And I don’t care
If I am disobeying
Papa, mama and Miss Ncube
For their lips are always
Tight and hard

Dear Lord Jesus Christ
Why does the man
Down the road
Have only one leg?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Two Hands by William Wright Harris

Image -

knuckles gnarled &
calluses carved from
a life of toil

one hand
as if attempting a fist

the other
& stretched upwards

van gogh begging
salvation from a god
deaf or apathetic