For they spent glorious time on the move
To the land painted red
From the blood the forefathers left behind
In fight for the freedom for all
Where all is selective
With no regard to the patches
She could watch from far
But the heartbeat at look aggravates the speed
No fight could keep her far-flung
In company of hummingbirds
Sweeps the dust off the arteries
Heartbeat restored at once.
Mtende Wezi Nthara lives in and writes from Malawi. She currently works at the Catholic University of Malawi as an Associate Lecturer in the English and Communication Studies Department. Some of her work appears in Nthanda Review, Kalahari Review, Suicide: A Collection of Poetry and Short Prose, and Literary Shanghai.