Afrika is So Gay

These jagged streets stare at me like shattered glass that

Begs to razor its way into my gut.

Shards of the skulls of the freedom seekers before me

Gather at my feet and muffled echoes fill the still air of Afrikan


I am not running. I am wading through the thickness of hatred that surrounds


I am hair follicle deep in the misinformed hate peddle that floats from mouth

To mouth in the huts of fear.


When homosexuality is on the cards, My Afrika becomes a village.

Hate becomes the chief.

The uneducated become the messengers.

The ill-informed become executioners.


Government seeks to see me in the gallows for my existence.

I exist therefore I am a criminal.

Afrika fears my love.

I am a tumour in your brain. You cannot cut me out without

Leaving a hole in your own head.

I am a part of your core. Without me you are incomplete.

Swallow your fear and embrace difference,

Only then will you know growth and peace.


In your belly you have grown gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender


They have transformed your life for the better.

They have given you love that you never thought was possible.

And yet here we are, taking a hammer to their brow.

Please be reminded that we tend to hate in others what we

See in ourselves.

So look into yourself, Afrikan soul. What is it that burns you

About your children that love differently?


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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