by Maxwell Mutami
Thunderously they tell me
NO BLOODY SQUATTERS!'
this fertile land belongs
to highly respected persons
and mountainous buttocked ladies
crowned with schooled minds
architects of the yesteryear struggle.
Violently, stupidly and oppressively
'Go go elsewhere but here!'
The allegorical 'elsewhere'
(Maxewell Mutami's poems have been published in the International Library of Poetry and in The Best Poets of 2000. Others have been selected for publication by the South African Institute of Poetry. His work is also available at: www.poetry.com and wwww.voicesnet.com . His short stories and poetry have been published in Moto magazine, Ngoma Yekwedu, a collection of Shona poetry, as well as in Tsotso, a magazine of new writing in Zimbabwe. Maxwell is currently studying English Literature in university. He is married to Crisie, and they have a son named Simbarashe.)