Manly Love

On your brow, where it twitches… I left my essence there. I left it so that when you look in the mirror, you will feel me present with you. Your body will re-remember how I would clasp my arms around you from behind and plant my face into your neck… right there where your neck and shoulder make a smooth shallow crater and you would giggle and look at me through the mirror and whisper, ‘I don’t want to work today’. And I would look at you eye deep through the looking glass as though taboo to look you directly in the eye and whisper, ‘Then come back to bed’. With that, I would earn another hour quarter with you. Until we both were running late but I would still find time to fix your collar and zip you up before we stepped out as two decent men that had the power to change the world side by side.

-frank malaba- (the morning minute collection series)


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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