Muddy Water

Muddy water. Flowing like any other water.
Behaving like water. Freezing when frozen.
Melting when melted. Boiling when boiled.
Muddy water. Splashing when poured out.

Flows into streams at the speed of other water.
It is water.
You may not want to drink it
For fear of what lies in it
Though you have not tasted
The healing minerals in it

Muddy water. Healing when required to.
Discarded as dirt. After its minerals have healed.
Washed off… forgotten. Until ailments return.
Muddy water. Exfoliant for royalty.

Sold as health. Only to those with wealth.
It is health.
You may not want to seize it
Because you fear its truth
Though you envy its beauty
And the raw history in it

Muddy water. Black as my brown skin.
Singing woeful songs. For ears unopened.
Learning new flow. To avoid stagnation.
Muddy water. Doubting its minerals.

I am muddy water.
Precious to those who matter.
Discarded by those in denial
Of the gift I am to life.
I am muddy water.
Full of life yet undiscovered
But never given room to try.

Frank Malaba

Image by Sam Burris

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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