The lunchtime traffic swarmed around the brazen image of the nation’s hero. Directly beneath him sat a number of photographers, each of whom had found the area particularly good for business. Schoolteachers frequently brought their grade one classes on field trips to learn about ‘Father Zimbabwe’ and his selfless contribution towards gaining independence from the imperialists who wanted to enslave the black nation for eternity.
Petals suspended on a spine. Something bigger than us, than God, is alive, yawning, stretching, screaming in silence…trying to be heard. See that grey beyond the homely lights, see the moon straining out of a cradle…a womb, light peeping beyond doom? Is that you, is that me, are we together, somewhere-sometime beyond now? No need to ask how, it feels like it, some déjà vu … Continue reading “Celestial Incest” – by Philani A. Nyoni
Raindrops descended in brisk staccato like a hail of arrows from a vast column of archers. The streets were flooded to biblical proportions, yet no holy man pious and true had been forewarned, bade to build an ark and pair up beasts. It had torn and tossed pylons like twigs, snatching them off the feeble ground like an elephant trunks uprooting mere saplings and hurled … Continue reading “Dark Messiah” by Philani Amadeus Nyoni
‘I sat in the bathroom this morning, crying and smoking. Smoking and crying. The morning was as noisy as usual. My friends thought, when I moved here, that I had chosen the best flats in the world. Down the road is a busy bottle store, directly across from which is a bar loved most by old men and older hookers. And of course right at … Continue reading A story by Leroy Mthulisi Ndlovu
That night she was feeling restless, no matter what trick she tried she couldn’t fall asleep, neither could she shake off that nagging feeling that something wasn’t right. The whole day a dark feeling of gloom had followed her. Even if she had tried to explain it, no logic would have come out of it. Just when she was about to fall asleep, she heard … Continue reading SOILED by Yandani Mlilo
MULIER EST HOMINIS CONFUSIO by Philani Amadeus Nyoni. Continue reading MULIER EST HOMINIS CONFUSIO by Philani Amadeus Nyoni
My Aunt Mohammed II By Mahluli VanBarbie Ndlovu After we tried to bury Auntie alive she sort of calmed down. The verbal and physical assaults stopped, her new docile image was the envy of many a Christian. All that lacked was a Bible and a zinc dish to baptise any converts she might make. Needless to say when the champion was ousted a new tyrant … Continue reading My Aunt Mohammed II
by Mahluli VanBarbie Ndlovu