Il n’est pas ici

When a pain so inexplicable sears through your very soul

And pumps tears of molten lava through your eyes,

Who holds you?

When the world feels like it does not want you to breathe

And suffocates you with reason and theories that seem

To replace oxygen with cyanide fumes,

Who shields you?


Who is strong enough to endure your convulsing body

When thinking tortures your freedom to live in the now?

There is no life in your veins when you face the world alone.

There is no formula to make you feel better when your own

Heart attacks you from the inside like a parasitical Hydra

Trying to escape your cage of ribs only to be trampled by those you

Surround yourself with.


Who cries for you when your mouth is covered in blisters so that you cannot

Eat a morsel of wisdom from those who offer it so freely when you need it most?

Where do you hide your fragility when you face a day tough as nails alone?

Do you feel a lingering of achievement aromas when you sit in silence alone

On a cliff in this gigantic world that only notices you when you scream

Into the space of silent, shallow minds that wait for you to fall only to see you soar?


Who is the voice that calls you back to a warm bed when the icy storms of false promise

Try to obliterate your dreams so that you cannot figure out why you are in this world?






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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