Prosetry: Frank Malaba


When we paint, a piece of us is left on the canvas.
Each stroke, a fraction of our soul refracted like light through a prism.
We are harvesters of light that are immortalized through our feelings.
Paint in itself is just pigment.
Paint in our hands is every emotion ever felt by man.
Paintbrushes are magic wands that allow humanity to dream beyond belief.

Painting entitled
by Anthony R Cawood

Frank Malaba © 2017


What happens to the dreams we have when we are young? Is there a place they evaporate to and condense only to fall as mature dreams that fit with what we need and want in our adult life? And what of the magic of childhood souls? Could we learn to bottle it to remind us of what we lose of ourselves as we get older? Because that sparkle of a baby’s eye, that trusting smile, that laughter cradled between deep breaths… It must go somewhere, where we forget about it like fallen leaves from our favourite trees in winters past. Let’s gather this magic and keep in time capsules for the days that laughter won’t come.
For the days we forget the rhythm of vibrating ribs of delicate souls that yachted us into concrete skinned adults who will do most things to kill laughter. For if we don’t, our laughter might be snatched by bats’ talons and left as residue and echoes in caves we will never reach. Because it takes a certain octave of kindness to reach that laughter we once knew.
Most of us have voices so broken that we can’t hold the smallest volume of kindness enough to fill the smallest of voice boxes. Let’s find a kinder way to sing our own love songs and revive that which we’ve lost in the quest of reaching our life’s purpose, whatever it may be.
Written by Frank Malaba

Frank Malaba
Image by Shawn Kieffer Edgar











⁠— Frank Malaba

Frank Malaba is an actor, playwright and a published poet. He was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He has performed on stage and television in both countries. He has a passion for using poetry, storytelling and theatre as a method of healing for both himself and others. His poetry has been presented both at home and abroad. Frank is currently developing a two-man play entitled “Broken Pathways” which will be touring internationally. In 2014 Frank was recognized by Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans as an Achiever in the category of Arts & Culture. View all posts by Frank Malaba



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