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Contraband Marriage
by Tichaona M Chinyelu
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Reflecting back on getting married to a prisoner.

Contraband marriage


Unofficially contraband

Like weeds that dare to subvert


Loving him, marrying him





Was something

That wasn’t supposed to happen.


Hundreds of  miles from his family/community

The distance was supposed to be

More alienating than the years

Given him

But I





Was something

That did happen


And like the weeds

I dared subvert

Concrete walls

Barbed wire fences

Laws that change on sundays

Sending my husband back

To his cell

While I sat and waited for him

To change into the proper

Shade of blue

In order to sit

Platonically patient

Only to be denied the right

To feel his hand against my  cheek

As we stared into each other’s eyes.


The white country voice

Intruded on our mutual perusal:

“no touching allowed”

And his hand reluctantly withdrew


But they couldn’t

Imperialize or steal

The memory of our marriage kiss

Or how he lifted me

And swung me around

Whispering in my ear

We did it!




In the Whirlwind

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

A depicting of reality painted with the colors of a rainbow of emotions... "Contraband Marriage" is rich in art and message.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
A thought-inciting write indeed, Tichaona. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you,

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