Death Songs – Takondwa Hauya

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We laid in shambles

We were bound in shackles

Until the cock crowed

And we crawled from our hibernation

We wiggled our hips

As beaming crocodiles wiggled their tails

We ululated to death songs

 

Holding each other’s hands

In unison we dragged our aggrieved feet

Searching for a shed

In the wilderness

We found an oasis

That rained K50.00’s

 

With our hands still united

The blue skies shined upon us

We toiled the soils

As our brows sweated profusely

We danced and sung from a bumper yield

Locked silos and lost keys

The yield is feasted on by termites

So once again

We dance to death songs.

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Author: Takondwa Hauya

A Malawian female poet whose works focus much on the injustices of the society. Holds a degree from The Polytechnic.