The Wounded

Who will carry me home tonight?

 I want to be on my way but I don’t know how.

Who is watching me from the shadows with ill intentions,

I am out of fight.

Who will buy new boots trample my heart next?

I am out of strength.

Who cares to knife me in the heart and eat it with me?

I am out of love.

I lived a lot of years in bliss but now

I am dead inside.

I shared my spark with the world for a season and now

I have no life inside.

I forgot to ask them to be gentle with my kindness now

I have no soul left inside.

And yet somehow I keep finding a chasm where

I have a grain of hope, hidden for a rainy day.


Frank Malaba © 2013

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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