Balance of Loss

An eyelash falls off an eyelid. It sails through the still air and lands in a soft bed of dust. If we were to catch every eyelash that has ever fallen off a face, would we be able to create a colorful shoreline of lashes that would remind us that even the things that we lose everyday without noticing matter? Perhaps there is an ant somewhere that builds nests out of our lashes and finds comfort in things we do not remember to miss when they’re gone. Or perhaps we just let them fall into the ground and become the dirt that patiently awaits to swallow us whole when our hearts cannot fight gravity anymore. But the question still remains, why do we miss some things more than others?

Frank Malaba © 2013



Image Courtesy of Wilhelm Disbergen 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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