I Am Not Here

This is your world with its perfect cultures and picture perfect families.

This is your world that would be in perfect tuning fork pitch were it not for me.

You walk into my space and you do not see me.

I have a heart of gold that is slowly turning to lead.

Your abrasive words are eating into my safety wall that I have built for years

Like waves of the sea carving into a rock.

You ask me to apologise for being here and for who I am,

But I can’t, for I don’t know what to apologise for!

Do I apologise for breathing, for being conceived?

Black Lesbian Couple

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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