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REBIRTH OF THE MELANIN MAN

i’m the undistorted whisper of a tree
in the roar of a chainsaw
still,
learning not to die, rebuilding  the future
from the debris on the soothsayer’s tongue

i rebirth the past, harvesting words
from the bushmen’s rock art,
salvaging salvation
from the igbo slaves who chose death
and raising silenced voices in scarlet bayonets

my skin eats sunlight and glows
into the gloaming of the hearts
of those that smile,
to see beyond their gleaming ivories,
beyond the end of the road
when hope begins





Dzikamayi Chando is a poet from Gweru, Zimbabwe who can’t quite bring to mind the title of his first ever poem but vividly remembers the epiphany he experienced after completing it — discovering that he could give words a voice was beautifully fulfilling and it has remained his inspiration for writing.

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