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Contraband Marriage
by Tichaona M Chinyelu

Friday, June 08, 2007
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Reflecting back on getting married to a prisoner.

Contraband marriage


 


Unofficially contraband


Like weeds that dare to subvert


Concrete.


Loving him, marrying him


Prisoner,


Felon,


Gangster,


Thug


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


Revolutionary,


Sister,


Insurgent,


Lover


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!


 


 


 

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/10/2007

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 6/8/2007
A thought-inciting write indeed, Tichaona. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you,

Regis



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