May We Borrow Your Husband…

May we borrow your husband tonight

To show him we mean no harm?

May we borrow your husband tonight

To show him he is not our type

And that we would much rather

Watch a game of football with him

And share a beer or two?

May we borrow your husband just for a day,

To teach him that we don’t give a damn?

May we borrow your husband just for a day,

To educate him on how to treat a lady?

To school him on the value of your existence

And the difference between you and a blow up doll?

Could you lend us your husband for a quick minute,

We forgot to remind him that you need him more than

He thinks we need him.

Please lend him to us so we can quench his curiosity

About, “Who is the woman in the relationship?”

And about our affinity for style and fashionable simplicity.

Please take a message for your husband,

And remind him not to forget the KY gel

He so recently keeps on his person “for chapped lips”.

We will be waiting for him at the cheap motel just out of town

On his way from his “‘business trip’ that just wouldn’t end!”.

We promise to stop borrowing your husband

Once he stops denying us in public by daylight

And groping us after Nine.

We are not immune to affection.

We just have an affinity for an embrace that says,

“Maybe this one will stay and not be choked by the

Incessant testosterone din of mindless men who

Have written the rules of love”.

But we do promise to deliver him to your doorstep by Nine Fifty-Five PM.


Photograph By Ajamu

Frank Malaba © 2011


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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6 thoughts on “May We Borrow Your Husband…”

  1. Frank…beautiful words my brother. What a day when men can be men no matter what their choices or orientations, when we can just enjoy the person for the person by looking beyond stereotypes, ideologies, borders, boundaries and all our other man-made nonsense.

    Keep writing, keep sharing.


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