Illustration: dark abstract silhouette against a lilac sky


After the w)shing )nd
w)king of e)ch str)nd,
we pick ) color )nd
burry the census, we
throw them into the fire
they deserve, conjure
their ghosts )nd wilt,
when we )re done we
w)tch them become
controlled burns.

Illustration: glowing coals against a lilac sky

Londeka Mdluli is a South African born writer who is of dual nationality. Although she was born in South Africa, she does not shy away from her Zimbabwean heritage.

Dawn and Burn Pile illustrations by C.B. Auder.

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