poem of the day: Shanty-Town Beauty by Freedom Nyamubaya

Shanty-Town Beauty

Freedom Nyamubaya

She stood at the doorstep
She must have been five years
or less
Her beseeching eyes gazed
from left to right

The kwashiokored tummy bulged
Out of the torn dress
With marks that looked like the map of Africa
I realised it was not tattoo
But an accumulation of dust
Run though by sweat

Pretty more than famous Cleopatra
All things being equal
The girl would pass for Miss Africa
As it is
Just another woman nature produced
But forgot to breast-feed.

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Zimbabwe (Photo credit: Dave Mulder)

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6 thoughts on “poem of the day: Shanty-Town Beauty by Freedom Nyamubaya

  1. Lois says:

    Such a simple poem, beautifully written and very moving. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Lois said it much better than I could.

  3. “Just another woman nature produced
    But forgot to breast-feed.
    What an image! Unforgettable.

  4. yeltnuh says:

    I love that image, too, but t he swollen belly with Africa written on it–oh, god, I find that too horrible/beautiful. This is the real face of our world.

  5. grace says:

    nice poem, however i would like to ask if it is from the ‘On the road again’ edition

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