Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Concept Weaveology by Zibusiso Mpofu

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Unbraid our hair into long strands
Of kaffir tufts
Never forget to oil and unbraid and oil again
Before you bind it straight
Into curls of slavery
Circling our ebony foreheads
We must be likened to Sarah and them
Never forget to adorn our heads
With waves of lyrical hair
It_must_scale down our shoulders
And hide the kink of our own hair
The pride of the women that came before us
We must be likened to Sally and them
Without hair that grows towards the sun
Must_Cover_our pride
That we may be reckoned upon
With a lighter eye
Never forget to adorn our heads
With the hair of other women

Ours, we can never protect

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gentleman's Club by Donal Mahoney

With feline grace
and feral eyes 
a ponytail 

of raven hair 
bouncing, bouncing 
waitress tall  

wisp of skirt
spaceship heels 
weaves among 

tiny tables
tray held high
in a disco sky

ice cubes tinkling
a lioness amused 
by eyes of prey

never brushes 
a single shoulder 
as the men drink up,

reach for money.
Maybe she will. 
Let's order another.