Sweet River

Today I killed you.

I did not allow you to breathe.

I took you to a cliff of forgotten dreams and I pushed you

So hard that you tumbled like a ton of grain in a sack.

But like an unsung hero you clawed your way back into my

Secret mind so I could carry you like a stake that would eventually

See to my destruction.

No! Not a horrid destruction!

A destruction so sweet like a million toffee apples in a river of sugar cane syrup. 

I am dying a sweet, suffocating death as I drown in a river of sweet,

Sticky syrup that embalms me as though to preserve me for more sweet pain.

By the time the sweet toothed Samaritan finds me in the river

I am so sweet that he can hardly tell my core is rotten from

Receiving all the sweetness that you had.

And yet he eats  me… Flaws and all.




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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