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By U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo

PROMPT — Despite ...

MAYBE blood

will be sacrifice

to the God’s of Pain and Suffering

maybe this blood will scorch the earth

scorch dis-ease

from this world

tick tock

clock sounds once soothing

sting like death knells

being fetal in a bed

smells familiar

like a coffin i saw once

will this be the time

i finally bury

the old

version of myself

* Photo Credit: Amand A. Lee


U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo is a Boston-based Zimbabwean American poet, author, speaker, singer, and educator who has performed internationally in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Portugal, and Ireland. She is fiercely passionate about using her voice for women's empowerment, wellness, diversity & inclusion and the exploration of translation or "hyphenated identities" through her work. Her poems have been used in film, TV, theater, and documentaries, and published in Write On The Dot. Her poetry collection Soul Psalms (She Writes Press) was described by David Updike as “written in a fearless female voice tempered with optimism and healing possibilities of love.” Visit her website:


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