Falling Seraph

Today I reclaim my mortality and groundedness.

I long for my imperfections and scars,

So I am clipping my wings.

I embrace all my emotive impediments that

Befall me as I choose to crawl and jostle with the scum of the earth.

 Being your seraph was not without pain.

It sliced my core with blunt numbness as I tried to be your best.


You cushioned every blow that sought me out but now I beg that you

Let me feel pleasure and pain in equal share.

Not to worry about singeing my wings as I swoop past the scorching sun on your command.

I need the itch of hunger in my belly and

I keep toying with the idea of sandpaperedness of throat.

Will you allow me the pleasure of accepting my

Call to humanness?


You fed me crumbs from your banqueting table,

I feasted on them with a keen appetite.

The smoke from your cigar, like incense of the gods,

Beckoned me into your unrelenting clasps.

I writhed and wriggled in vain.

Today I sit in your grasp, lips cracked,

Waiting for yet another crumb to fall my way.

 Is this what has become of my inheritance?


Today I return your silk and cashmere and reclaim my burlap.

Today I return your borrowed silver and gold cups

For my gourds that served me in my time of inner renaissance. 

Today, I fall back into my flesh that feels and

Yearns for the soothing caress of another soul.

Today I free myself from your mastery of mind

And accept my finite existence that wraps

Me in metaphors of infinity.




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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