Of Vampires, Coffins and Breathing

Where I come from, some gay men are married to women and they come out at night like vampires thirsty for semen and male caresses. At daybreak they stand at podiums and denounce homosexuality as an inhuman disease. I was a victim of those vampires once. I made it out somewhat unscathed. I am forever grateful for this. In the same breath, I mourn those who never quite made it out. They still roam the streets of my youth like hearses driving around with live people in coffins, too scared to scream in case they freak out pall bearers that expect them to be inanimate corpses. The trouble is, once at the graveyard, there’s no clawing out from under the dirt. At least if you call out from the coffin you’ll freak people out and still have room to run into the streets and haunt the gatekeepers of love and masculinity. You still have a chance to haunt them into truth. And slap them out of the stupor of denial. You’re not dead, damnit! You’re teeming with life and new beginnings! The coffin isn’t your life. Break through and haunt the fuck out of these streets. You belong everywhere but the graveyard. Breathe with me.

Frank Malaba 2018

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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