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Unbroken Awareness
- Tendair Mwanaka

My life is now a floating shell.
I am a vessel on that river.
The storm, the ship, the sea,
Whose shores we lost in crossing.

I can see the milky distances –
In your eyes, but you cannot see me.
A thin melon slice of first moon,
Melting into songs and slivers of ice.

You could feel small creatures dying.
Cowering humans in their burrows.
Fighting for lives other than theirs.
Aware they could not escape.

Each of us comes into being
Knowing who we are.
What we are supposed to do?
But why do you try to hold back –
The sands falling in your hourglass?

I am now unconscious.

In a way..., but mute.
A little pearl of awareness
But this pearl is not me.
Knowing yet unable.

I am now timeless!

All times and in all futures.
I am a universe of windows.
I cannot be touched again.
I am in an endless dream.

But I can see you outlined –
Looking beyond what you know.
One day the seeds will return
And life would continue.

Tendair Mwanaka is a poet and writer from Zimbabwe. His works include Voices from exile, a collection of poetry on Zimbabwe's political situation and exile in South Africa published by Lapwing publications, Northern Ireland in 2010. Keys in the River: Notes from a Modern Chimurenga, a novel of interlinked stories that deals with life in modern Zimbabwe, was published by Savant books and publications, USA. Logbook Written by a Drifter, and Voices from exile were both short listed by the Erbecce press poetry prize in 2011 and 2009 respectively, nominated for the Pushcart twice – in 2008 and 2010, and nominated for the Dalro prize 2008. He has published over two hundred pieces of short stories, essays, memoirs, poems and visual art in over hundred magazines, journals, and anthologies the USA , UK , Canada , South Africa, Zimbabwe, India , Kenya, Cameroon, Italy, France, Spain, Cyprus, Australia, and New Zealand.