Mum often said she loved me May be she did For nine months of her pregnancy I basked in warm loving tender car...
By ALFED MUKANAKA Yester-years love letters spiced social life Stationery shops stocked writing pads Paper pri...
Mum often said she loved me May be she did For nine months of her pregnancy I basked in warm loving tender care Overhead her friends’ beatitudes: ‘’Congratulations! You’re pregnant.’’ Dad being a cockerel Prized bull in the kraal His tour of duty Kept him busy, away from mum She traversed a lonely path, […] Read more
By ALFED MUKANAKA Yester-years love letters spiced social life Stationery shops stocked writing pads Paper printed purposely: ‘Forget me not’ Chivuna, Chipembi, Lwitikila girl Kept like poultry Under surveillance 24/7 Of the Alsatian-type of matron Notorious for detecting missed menstruation! We chose superfluous quotes: ‘’Sugar in my cup of tea’’ ‘’Candle in the night’’ […] Read more
By ALFRED MUKANAKA Domiciled in Chitulika village, Mpika Birds scattered seed At York Farm, Chawama Lusaka Where it grew commercial Spread nation-wide, creating jobs Roads, health centres and schools Sprung up, surprising armchair critics! Someone suggested hemp Arguing vehemently, it can work wonders Fill up to the seams People’s barns in villages Solve treasury […] Read more
Am a troubled soul Dundumwezi folks grieve Dementia knocks on my door daily The closer I get to Bill Gate’s fortunes The wider the gap gets I drift further away from Air Force 1 Like a boat on Lake Mweru! When all is said and done Am just a casket Carried shoulder high Escorted […] Read more
By ALFRED MUKANAKA A snippet of court news Ruffles (my) feathers This habitual ghetto folks matrimonial expose: ‘Wife can’t stand bedwetting hubby’ ‘Man entangles self in unkempt private parts’ ‘He changes women like clothes’ ‘Hubby leaves home after manhood slice threats’! Listening to ghetto folks in court Adam’s made of clay ribs crack in […] Read more
By ALFRED MUKANAKA These past heckling days 11 August and 13 September betwixt East picked west South settled for north In a tug-of-war Like fowls fighting for a worm! We watched astonished Afraid, Zed being an egg Courts treaded carefully The faithful fasted day in, day out Till one from east was sworn in […] Read more
By ALFRED MUKANAKA North and South Pole Poles apart we are Who were once close Like words doubled: ‘Mau Mau, mundowe-ndowe’! You chose to add another Like a middle name: Mosi O Tunya, Cha Cha Cha I reached for the delete key And said, no more on this page Our once matrimonial bed! […] Read more
Adam’s rib cost his life With it, woman was made Irresistible forbidden fruit ‘’He who has not sinned, Let him throw a stone’’! Foolish by nature Man made the dreaded AK47 With it, Boko Haram harangues non-stop War rages on in Syria Everywhere, people perish like cockroaches! Medicines make life last longer True, […] Read more
By ALFRED MUKANAKA I love my birthplace, Dundumwezi Where enmass we exercise the right to vote That narrow gate to Heaven Something should be done, now Perhaps petition the gate-keeper! ‘’Love your neighbour as you love yourself’’ So says scripture, aptly Obediently, first and foremost Given ‘’One man, one vote’’ Admittedly, scripture says self […] Read more
BY ALFRED MUKANAKA Eric Aniva is a shameless hyena Paid to tutor traditionally bedroom samba To teenage girls out of puberty Village elders, alangizi call it ‘ritual cleansing’! ‘’All these girls aged 12, 13 find pleasure…’’ Aniva said ‘’They’re proud and tell other people…’’ O my foot, castrate all hyenas Let girls be free […] Read more
By ALFRED MUKANAKA At independence in 1964 Zambian cabinet had single digit degree holders You could count them with fingers Like an arithmetic novice! The good odd/old days gone for good Back then, passing Grade VII was worth celebrating The biggest most reliable cock Village clock met its fate It was the 21-gun salute […] Read more
By ALFRED MUKANAKA Handshake, a warm way to greet Some palms are castor oiled, soft Others calloused like elephant hooves If slapped on the cheek Scary stars shine in the ICU! Handshake, a warm way to greet Some palms are high voltage Mortals amorously hold on, electrocuted ‘’Mauless,’’ in Zed parlance Utter-less, for you […] Read more
By ALFRED MUKANAKA My dear beloved mourners Please note that even in death Am camera-shy, worse with selfies I know not how to smile If I did, my grimace would scare you Arouse a fit of giggles Glancing at my flossed-less teeth During the so-called ‘body viewing’ When what you view is a life-less face! […] Read more
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