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Candles on the candelabra burned out
forming waxy mountains around their feet…

A poem by Tafadzwa Chiwanza

Jack’s tale kept wiggling its tail
diverting attention from its missing limps.
But silence in the shape of an axe
dangled above the story’s neck:
“Tell us why we are here Jack!”

Candles on the candelabra burned out
forming waxy mountains around their feet,
Yet no pair of eyes cast a fleeting glance
on the wax to leave Time to tell the tale:
“Cheap slogans won’t cut it this time Pal!”

Jack glared at the mic for over an hour,
As if the thing had swallowed his voice.
He felt darkness grow heavy on his eyes,
And could no longer see what he wanted to say,
Funny, but had he laughed, they would’ve made him pay.

The blind had removed their blinders,
and were finally demanding answers.

Tafadzwa Chiwanza

About Connie V

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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