Children of Sankara! Bathing in the river of salt, poetry, and song
Beautiful children of a fat revolution, a revolution that roasted colonial fungi in the summer song
Shadows of Sankara and Lumumba sharing rich patriotic coconut in fields of upper volta
See, juju borrowing your salt to cook the beetroot of another struggle, Gambia singing your song.
Abacha, walking naked drunk with booze and blood
Sarowiwa dancing with virgins in the Eden of Biafra
Son of Uhuru hunting wisdom in the deepest of Timbuktu caves
Childen of Sankara,
I dreamt of fire burning the social fingers of the state,
Sing songs of the country to repent puppies and puppets.
MBIZO CHIRASHA is 2019 International Fellow of the International Human Rights Arts Festival New York. 2018 Recipient of Global Literary Influencer Certificate of Merit by Directorio Mundial de Escritores through Academia Mundial de Literatura, Historia, Arte y Cultura. Vice President of POETS OF THE WORLD in Africa. 2017 Recipient of PEN Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. 2017 Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund. Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal, Editor of the WomaWords Literary Press, Resident Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe, and the Originator of Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. Co-Editor of the STREET VOICE a German Africa Poetry collection, in Germany. Contributor Atunis Galatika, Belgium. African Contributor of Demer press poetry series since 2018, Netherlands. Contributor of the International Gallerie 2019. African Essays contributor for the MONK art and soul Magazine 2019, Contributor of the World Poetry Almanac series, in Mongolia. Featured in the POIESISI Slovenia International literature Press, Slovenia.