In the little lines of clenched eyes, human brine forms rivulets of charged up emotions that can never find the words to describe the trapped turmoil that drips out of those angry, fearful eyes. The boy child knows that fairies do not dance under lime trees. He knows love as a gigantic male hand that rips his favorite pyjama pants to violate his little ‘winky’ that he has not even learnt to wash yet. Love is the reprimanding female index finger that barricades his dry, cracked lips while monitoring the red nail polish that is drying on the other hand. Love is the thick leather belt that licks his urine dampened skin the morning after a night riddled with fear of meeting the dark shadow on the way to the bathroom. There are bruises of the spirit in such a tenderly young soul. He wears confidence like a plastic bag over his head. Protective and lethal in equal share. Little does he know that confidence is not to be worn. It is to be grown into. It is to be breathed, befriended and welcomed whenever there is room in the heart. And room there forever shall be.

Frank Malaba – Untold Childult Stories.

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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