Poems

What Stayed Behind

(2024) The country I must still callhome wades in crimes committed without the fearof daylight. A grandpa from a village only reachable by trained feetspeaks

The Past as Insomnia

(2024) The Lord’s Resistance Army war has been over for 17years but you cannot surrender to sleep. You still hear it: ratatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatatataboooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom! You carried those

SparkNotes

(2023) I carry a metaphorical shell on my backA safe space that I can retreat intolike the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures I would

Why the Snail is Slow

Translated from Luganda by Ssebo Lule (2023) It’s because of the weight of its fat.The worries of this world.Maybe the snail is just lazy.It’s not

Remembering

(2024) The city clock is quiet,   did it ever beat in my lifetime?Perhaps in that of my mother’sin a younger Zimbabwe.At the edge of city hall,curios  are

Wycliffe’s Song

(2021) “Don’t wear your colors here,That’s cemetery gear” ~ the fugees Here is Uganda. Now. Don’t wear red, don’t wear blueOr the public and hired

Guruguru Rock1 or, On love (xlvi) (2022) — for Auntie Suli your solid presence through tragedieseven of our making daily activismhostingcookingleadingWinter Olympics   weddings મ૪લસ2raising anti-Apartheid Global

King Kong Enters a European Museum

(2023) full of stolen artifactssome out in the open,others imprisonedbehind clear glass displayscontending with ghosts of colonialismwondering howto fill a void of empty & how