Ruins Of Great Zimbabwe

By Frank Bana

Porcupines hunted by eyes in the forest
Big men have made off with all the pangolins

In Masvingo, eggs and bacon are served
The last tourists leave, pursued by secret police

The hills of Chipinge were once green with coffee
The plains of Mozambique lay fallow beneath

The Sheraton Hotel was built golden and high
The Party HQ rose up higher, nearby

Desperation seeks refuge in the arms of neighbours
Each fugitive branded a traitorous child

Newborns dying, babies stunted if surviving
Immunity lost, reverence misconceived

What father, once loved, devours his children?
What parent, in madness, eats its own young?

They were all his soldiers, his devoted veterans
Giving bodily fuel to the state-run machine

Good old Uncle Bob, the colonials sang
To put their trembling daughters to sleep

He understands, with his good heart and plans
Under the mask, wants the best for the land

But Bob Marley was wrong, prophets need not be sung
The moderates are revolutionaries in the long run

Now prosperity’s tides beach on empty shelves,
Presidents building wastelands to themselves.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on email
A.ward X Loso: It's Ok To Not Be O... x
A.ward X Loso: It's Ok To Not Be Ok (Spoken Word)

About Us

Pick Me Up Poetry seeks to be an agent of change in society by fostering cross-cultural dialogue and providing much-needed information and representation for writers and performers. We offer our followers insightful glimpses into cultures around the globe through various mediums including our online articles, poetry collections, spoken-word videos and more. 

The Poetry Network
🌍 Public group ~ 5.3K members
Open Group
The Poetry Network
🌍 Public group ~ 5.3K members
Open Group
LEVEL UP!
Drop your email and we'll send you 25 poetry editing guidelines to help transform your creative writing!
Send It!
LEVEL UP!
Drop your email and we'll send you 25 poetry editing guidelines to help transform your creative writing!
Send It!
Join Our Family & Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Privacy Policy: This information will never be shared with third parties.
Subscribe Now!
Join Our Family & Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Privacy Policy: This information will never be shared with third parties.
Subscribe Now!