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The Tokoloshe
by Sandra A. Mushi

Sunday, June 19, 2005
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Tokoloshe or Tikoloshe. From the Xhosa word uthikoloshe.

The tokoloshe is a short, hairy, dwarf-like creature from Bantu folklore. It is a mischievous and evil spirit that can become invisible by swallowing a pebble. Tokoloshes are called upon by malicious people to cause trouble for others. Itís power extends to causing illness and even death upon the victim.
The way to get rid of him is to call in the Inyanga or witch-doctor who has the power to cast him out of the area.

Oh my, donít look under your bed,

There might be a Tokoloshe that is to dread

He could be naked or in a cloak thatís red

A brown, hairy dwarf, that speaks with a lisp.


Over his shoulder slung is his shlong

Because it is ooh so gigantic and long

To his witch mistress he uses his prong

In return, he is showered with milk and food.


Looking for him is like searching for a needle in a haystack,

He is invisible as he has eaten a pebble and ready to attack!

But if you see him donít laugh at his single buttock

Careful not to annoy him as heís evil and quite a dare-devil

You will know he is there as strange things are happening

The rafters are rattling and the cat has ceased his purring

Furniture being moved about and plates in the air are flying

Then a sickening, screeching noise as something clawed at the window.


Shhh, listen, I hear a loud, slow, "clump! clump!"

As though somebody was walking on the roof, ďthump! thump!Ē

On the ground outside my bedroom window, a loud bump

Shhh, there is the scurrying of evil little feet again


The window is now fluttering about, papers and books swirl

The fireís gone out and a cold wind inside whirl

Grandpaís big clock, ooh, also starts to round and round twirl
then suddenly everythingís quiet - a silence as loud as a shout


Put bricks under your bed or better yet call the Inyanga the pro

As you canít be destroyed the Tokoloshe even with a bow

Heís the only one who can rescue you from such a foe
Heíll exorcise the Tokoloshe before he enchains you


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Reviewed by Ingrid Khola (Reader) 5/12/2006
A good african tale. Your writing is so diverse, well done Sandra.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 6/27/2005
Very interesting write...fantastic!!!!
Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez 6/26/2005

this is delightfully interesting and I thoroughly
enjoyed it.....looking out for more.
really great job!

best wishes',
Rich Criso Suarez
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/25/2005
Delightfully interesting, Sandra. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 6/21/2005
A fun write. Truly enjoyed it. I believe these creatures are related to the dust bunnies. ;-) But seriously, I don't take devilish people and their dark spiritual playmates lightly. Cool beans, Sandra. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 6/20/2005
very interesting
I'll call the witch doctor as soon as I see one
love and peace
Reviewed by E. Richardson 6/20/2005
now this I like...interesting to see gremlins are a world wide pest.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/20/2005
interesting write, sandie; i love it!! very well done! brava!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn in texas. :D
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 6/20/2005
man, that was so very imaginative, and an excellent poetic take on african folklore! it was a pleasure to read!
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/20/2005
Lol excellent write this Sandra, the little so and so ought to meet some of my bretheren they'd soon sort his antics for sure...Muwwwwahhhh hehehe mine goes over the shoulder too lol.

Reviewed by pamela lwakabare (Reader) 6/20/2005
Tokoloshe we!!
you have not disappointed me again. I am so glad i put author tracker on. girl, awaiting your other poems.. get going!
loads of luv...
Reviewed by jacqueline amos 6/19/2005
This is another great adventure I love your work.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/19/2005
That's the loathsome creature that was under my bed as a child! Or was it my brother trying to scare me? At any rate, this is a great fun write, Sandra!
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 6/19/2005
Ah, nice poem and cartoon, Sandra! I enjoyed.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 6/19/2005
Clever and fun-nee~!! But. . .s_t, I thought it
was just gremlins and glitches doing this to
me. Started gathering bricks, be sure to crush
a toe. All of'em! Witch doctor, hmmmm. I could do
that. Bit of straw, few bones. . .what size
cauldron do you recommend. Wait. That's the
wrong kind of witch.

See what you started??

Naaaaa, I love it.

Good show!!

Phyllis Witchferaminit Thar:)
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/19/2005
An interesting metaphoric write.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 6/19/2005
Oh, jeeze!

" ... Over his shoulder slung is his shlong
Because it is ooh so gigantic and long ... "

And I'd want to keep him away WHY? You are too much! Thanks for a much needed laugh, my dear.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/19/2005
A captivating tale, Sandra - and perhaps I now know why one of my cats stopped purring this morning - I better get some bricks - right away!

PS I love that cartoon.
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