Jacaranda Solitude

Streets paved with gold seeking shuffling feet of old.

Me a little peasant boy,

Walking in the rain with no hand to hold.

Jacaranda trees dangle their lilac bells of royalty and

Sprinkle me into oblivion with their golden confetti of pollen.

Blue headed geckos, like miniature dinosaurs cling

To tree barks and steal nanosecond glances and make me

Feel like Gulliver in a modern Jurassic street.

I am happy, save for the occasional shots of solitude that

Sneak up on me to remind me of the many avenues like this

I have built many a papier-mâché memory on.

In the distance I can see the speedy bullets of kamikaze raindrops

Splashing into the thirsty red soil.

They conjure a red mist of dust that pirouettes its way into

My eyes like red ballerina child soldiers hell bent on bringing me

To my knees.

And yet I keep walking, breathing and shuffling my peasant feet

To get home.

These golden streets, so uninviting, forget that

It was the crusty hand of my father that

Polished them to their now acclaimed glory.

Oh how quickly the gold forgets its buffer in

Its time of shimmer!

My mittens choke my hands so that I silently scream

Inside my head and peel them off so my palms can breathe.

I look at my hands.

Are they to be vouchsafed of royalty?

And yet it does not matter for I am content

To walk the streets where you trod

To pave a way for my dainty feet so I could walk home and

Rest my weary frame before facing the world again tomorrow.


Frank Malaba © 2012

Published by: Frank Malaba

Frank Malaba is an actor, playwright and a published poet. He was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He has performed on stage and television in both countries. He has a passion for using poetry, storytelling and theatre as a method of healing for both himself and others. His poetry has been presented both at home and abroad. Frank is currently developing a two-man play entitled “Broken Pathways” which will be touring internationally. In 2014 Frank was recognised by Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans as an Achiever in the category of Arts & Culture.

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