Afrikan Heaven


Where heaven lies, I might never know.
I do know where I want to be today, in this moment.

I want to be in my skin.

I want to be here, standing on the Kalahari Desert sands

With the sun licking my mahogany skin. 

My heaven is here, in my grandmother’s hands that hand

Me a piece of fire baked maize bread that she kneaded with her 

Otherwise weathered frail hands.

Frank Malaba © 2011

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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