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    Tuesday, 12 September 2017

    Editor's Pick | An African Thunderstorm


    From the west
    Clouds come hurrying with the wind
    Turning sharply
    Here and there
    Like a plague of locusts
    Whirling,
    Tossing up things on its tail
    Like a madman chasing nothing.
    Pregnant clouds
    Ride stately on its back,
    Gathering to perch on hills
    Like sinister dark wings;
    The wind whistles by
    And trees bend to let it pass.
    In the village
    Screams of delighted children,
    Toss and turn
    In the din of the whirling wind,
    Women,
    Babies clinging on their backs
    Dart about
    In and out
    Madly;
    The wind whistles by
    Whilst trees bend to let it pass.
    Clothes wave like tattered flags
    Flying off
    To expose dangling breasts
    As jagged blinding flashes
    Rumble, tremble and crack
    Amidst the smell of fired smoke
    And the pelting march of the storm. Boi
    by David Rubadiri

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