Sentinel Poetry (Online) #59 ISSN 1479-425X

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November 2007 l POETRY

 

 

 

Ejovwoke Ophori

 

 

A Comrade Addresses Marechra

 

 

Although it is your heterodoxies I mourn,                      

Their obscuring Africana in nakedness,

 

Don’t give me Modernism as allusion

Alone for such versifying, 

 

Breathing (if I am to be as embroidered as your life

Which made of a ghetto, solacement,

 

Which made of solacement, a ghetto.)

Reposed on Harare’s Cecil Square,  

 

You dreamed of all scholarships couldn’t suffocate

(The House of Hunger you’d awaken to,) 

 

Your father was yet gore pinioned on a siding, 

The Beats were yet dinning as though they could spare

 

An ode to the Second Chimurenga,

But incestuous violence seceded

 

From your love poems for Bettina. 

Perhaps, she would be blissful

 

That the English no longer knocked out your teeth,

And impel you to compare your heart with Uranology.

 

 

 

 

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