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Children of Xenophobia

Children of Xenophobia

Children eating bullets and firecrackers 
Beggars of smile and laughter 
Silent corpses sleeping away fertile dreams 
Povo* chanting new nude wretched slogans 
Overstayed exiles eating beetroot and African potato 
Abortions and condoms batteries charging the lives of nannies and maids 
Children of barefoot afternoons and uncondomized nights 
Sweat chiselling the rock of your endurance 
The heart of Soweto, Harare, Darfur, Bamako still beating like drums 
Violence fumigating peace from this earth. 


Kinder der Xenophobie
Kinder, die Kugeln und Feuerwerkskörper essen 
Bettler von Lächeln und Lachen 
Stille Körper die fruchtbare Träume wegschlafen 
Povo* die neue nackte elende Slogans singen 
Zu lang wegbleibende Exilierte die Rote Beete essen und Afrikanische Kartoffeln 
Abtreibungen & Kondome Batterien die die Leben von Kinder- und Dienstmädchen aufladen 
Kinder barfüßiger Nachmittage und kondomloser Nächte 
Schweiß der den Fels deiner Ausdauer meißelt 
Das Herz von Soweto, Harare, Darfur, Bamako schlägt noch wie Trommeln 
Gewalt die Frieden wegräuchert von dieser Erde. 


Translator's note:
* “the povo (the 'people' - referring to the low-income majority)” – This definition was offered in 1994.  Cf. “[...] it has been frequently asserted that the access of the povo (the 'people'. - referring to the low-income majority) to the University of Zimbabwe has improved .” (Paul Bennell and Mkhululi Ncube,  “A University for the Povo? The Socio-Economic Background of African University Students in Zimbabwe Since Independence”, in:  Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 20, No. 4, Dec. 1994, pp. 587-601. – A  skeptical  asssessment of povo is offered by an apologist of the West who asserts that “the Povo masses are not attuned to the western format of democracy.”  (Charles W. Duke, Zimbabwe: The Land That Weeps. Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire : Best Books Online/ Mediaworld PR Ltd., 2003, p.83.)

Copyright © Mbizo Chirasha | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 3/14/2017 10:48:00 PM

    Your prose is charged and I feel its shock, it burns effectively Mbizo xomo
  1. Date: 3/11/2017 2:37:00 AM

    This is incredibly good. An accusation against all crimes against humanity being committed in past and present. How can we ever make up for this, will it ever end? Welcome to PoetrySoup.