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Dambudzo Marechera

Liberty

Liberty

Liberty

the waters rushed down
upon the gnarled bush
writhed in profile

the waters unleashed their scything
flood powers
wild scattering of primeval beasts
rose into hoof-pounded
crescendo, as –
the moment the sky cried out in a thrombosis
of lightning –
the moment of a second the explosion
lit up white in a heave of stones
and bodies –
resounding through the arrested moment
of time
in a desperate dance of death –
two men
locked in strenuous struggle
of violence
two men now two killers
settling the difference of their separate
ideologies, but each now alone
bent on his prey
Close

Liberty

the waters rushed down
upon the gnarled bush
writhed in profile

the waters unleashed their scything
flood powers
wild scattering of primeval beasts
rose into hoof-pounded
crescendo, as –
the moment the sky cried out in a thrombosis
of lightning –
the moment of a second the explosion
lit up white in a heave of stones
and bodies –
resounding through the arrested moment
of time
in a desperate dance of death –
two men
locked in strenuous struggle
of violence
two men now two killers
settling the difference of their separate
ideologies, but each now alone
bent on his prey

Liberty

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