Ambivalent Chimera


When words cut deep into your heart when they are meant to soothe,

No balm or band aid can help heal.

When time convinces you that you are okay,

 Scar tissue laughs at your plans to reverse time and taste what your soul once fed you.

Love as though you are possessed by the gods of concupiscence.

 Love, hurt, hate and longing are the progeny of desire.

Desire to be wanted irrevocably whether we care to acknowledge it or not.



Frank Malaba™ © 2012

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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