Today i hanged myself,I untie my tie, removed my blazer,Wiped my face, the person in the mirror was unrecognizable,Who am I ? Tears ran through my cheeks,Today i hanged myself,It was too much pressure for me,I couldn’t handle it anymore, i decided to free myself,i put a noose around my neck,is this the end?Today i hanged myself,Hesitation creeped in,memories circulated my mind,Fear of the unknown took over, struggling for breath followed,Today i hanged myself,My body was now freezing, soul had left my body,After my gainrising,the person in the mirror was now recognizable.© Mkaranga

*DANGEROUS LOVE**CHAPTER 2*Taura was in front of the mirror finishing her makeup, as she was preparing for what was to be a celebration for her. She had kept her virginity and was about to lose it to a special person and she wanted it to be like what she had always imagined. Pahuro was in the next room preparing to give the girl of his life the night she will never forget.She walked into his arm and she lost herself in his lips, the time she regained conscience the white linen underneath was now red in color. Tears flowed from her eyes it’s not what she had hoped, she hated the whole experience. He pulled her towards him and comforted her, apologizing for not being gentle.The family were sitting outside waiting for the two to come out , they all wanted to see if she was pure.The moment the door was opened, the oldest aunt was already in the room to grab the sheets. Ululation erupted from inside the room and that was a confirmation to those outside that their daughter was a virgin. The sheets were brought outside and paraded outside for all to see and at the sight of this the girl became furious and shouted at them all. Everyone was stunned by her reaction to the act , it was a ritual for the family but to her it was deragatory. She ran away with the husband in her heels, what was that about? He asked. You let them embarrass me , making me a laughing stock of the community and you call yourself man. The silence of birds was felt as the hand of her husband landed on her cheek. You don’t disrespect the elders, rituals and me .Am making myself clear? She knew he was short tempered but didn’t expect him to hit her. She left him there without saying any word leaving him agape.The laughs she heard everywhere she went, she thought they were laughing at her. Tears couldn’t flow anymore, she saw a knife in the kitchen and lifted it. No Taura!!! He screamed, I failed you i shouldn’t have let them parade and embarrass you like that nor should i have slapped you. I love you my princess please put the knife down and we talk about all this. You failed to protect me Pahuro, you are my husband it must be you and me against the world. On top of that you showed me your dark side one i never knew you had, you slapped me. Stay away from me or i will stab you, get out i want to be alone. Stab me or kill me Taura but i am not going anywhere I love you, he said this moving forward. She swung the knife and she saw blood on the knife. She threw it down and screamed, i am sorry i didn’t mean to cut you. Blood was streaming from his veins,she had never seen so much blood in her life.She tried to stop the blood flow but she couldn’t as people entered they just couldn’t believe what was in front of their eyes. He was getting pale and she was screaming but no sound was coming out. They took him to the car and rushed to the hospital, they urged her to stay but she couldn’t she rushed to the car accompanying his injured husband to the hospital. The doctor came out from the theater to inform the family that he was stable but in crucial condition.A quarrel commenced , she couldn’t say any word the person she stabbed was all she could think of .She wanted to see him but they prevented her from doing so, but Pahuro called for her they lied that she wasn’t around. She didn’t want to live anymore she hated Pahuro for not standing up for her and slapping her but she couldn’t deny how much she loved him. She took the same knife she stabbed Pahuro with and ran to the mountain they usually sit together. Death was the only option left for her, she couldn’t continue living in a world where everyone she met laughed and mocked her. Her true love, the person he gave her purity was in the hospital because of her and she wasn’t sure if he could forgive and love her again.Taura,Taura , Taura she heard a familiar voice it was Pahuro , because of embarrassment she stabbed herself.© Mkaranga

*DANGEROUS LOVE* *CHAPTER 2* Taura was in front of the mirror finishing her makeup, as she was preparing for what was to be a celebration for her. She had kept her virginity and was about to lose it to a special person and she wanted it to be like what she had always imagined. Pahuro was in the next room preparing to give the girl of his life the night she will never forget.She walked into his arm and she lost herself in his lips, the time she regained conscience the white linen underneath was now red in color. Tears flowed from her eyes it’s not what she had hoped, she hated the whole experience. He pulled her towards him and comforted her, apologizing for not being gentle.The family were sitting outside waiting for the two to come out , they all wanted to see if she was pure.The moment the door was opened, the oldest aunt was already in the room to grab the sheets. Ululation erupted from inside the room and that was a confirmation to those outside that their daughter was a virgin. The sheets were brought outside and paraded outside for all to see and at the sight of this the girl became furious and shouted at them all. Everyone was stunned by her reaction to the act , it was a ritual for the family but to her it was deragatory. She ran away with the husband in her heels, what was that about? He asked. You let them embarrass me , making me a laughing stock of the community and you call yourself man. The silence of birds was felt as the hand of her husband landed on her cheek. You don’t disrespect the elders, rituals and me .Am making myself clear? She knew he was short tempered but didn’t expect him to hit her. She left him there without saying any word leaving him agape.The laughs she heard everywhere she went, she thought they were laughing at her. Tears couldn’t flow anymore, she saw a knife in the kitchen and lifted it. No Taura!!! He screamed, I failed you i shouldn’t have let them parade and embarrass you like that nor should i have slapped you. I love you my princess please put the knife down and we talk about all this. You failed to protect me Pahuro, you are my husband it must be you and me against the world. On top of that you showed me your dark side one i never knew you had, you slapped me. Stay away from me or i will stab you, get out i want to be alone. Stab me or kill me Taura but i am not going anywhere I love you, he said this moving forward. She swung the knife and she saw blood on the knife. She threw it down and screamed, i am sorry i didn’t mean to cut you. Blood was streaming from his veins,she had never seen so much blood in her life.She tried to stop the blood flow but she couldn’t as people entered they just couldn’t believe what was in front of their eyes. He was getting pale and she was screaming but no sound was coming out. They took him to the car and rushed to the hospital, they urged her to stay but she couldn’t she rushed to the car accompanying his injured husband to the hospital. The doctor came out from the theater to inform the family that he was stable but in crucial condition.A quarrel commenced , she couldn’t say any word the person she stabbed was all she could think of .She wanted to see him but they prevented her from doing so, but Pahuro called for her they lied that she wasn’t around. She didn’t want to live anymore she hated Pahuro for not standing up for her and slapping her but she couldn’t deny how much she loved him. She took the same knife she stabbed Pahuro with and ran to the mountain they usually sit together. Death was the only option left for her, she couldn’t continue living in a world where everyone she met laughed and mocked her. Her true love, the person he gave her purity was in the hospital because of her and she wasn’t sure if he could forgive and love her again.Taura,Taura , Taura she heard a familiar voice it was Pahuro , because of embarrassment she stabbed herself. © Mkaranga

*DANGEROUS LOVE**CHAPTER 2*Taura was in front of the mirror finishing her makeup, as she was preparing for what was to be a celebration for her. She had kept her virginity and was about to lose it to a special person and she wanted it to be like what she had always imagined. Pahuro was in the next room preparing to give the girl of his life the night she will never forget.She walked into his arm and she lost herself in his lips, the time she regained conscience the white linen underneath was now red in color. Tears flowed from her eyes it’s not what she had hoped, she hated the whole experience. He pulled her towards him and comforted her, apologizing for not being gentle.The family were sitting outside waiting for the two to come out , they all wanted to see if she was pure.The moment the door was opened, the oldest aunt was already in the room to grab the sheets. Ululation erupted from inside the room and that was a confirmation to those outside that their daughter was a virgin. The sheets were brought outside and paraded outside for all to see and at the sight of this the girl became furious and shouted at them all. Everyone was stunned by her reaction to the act , it was a ritual for the family but to her it was deragatory. She ran away with the husband in her heels, what was that about? He asked. You let them embarrass me , making me a laughing stock of the community and you call yourself man. The silence of birds was felt as the hand of her husband landed on her cheek. You don’t disrespect the elders, rituals and me .Am making myself clear? She knew he was short tempered but didn’t expect him to hit her. She left him there without saying any word leaving him agape.The laughs she heard everywhere she went, she thought they were laughing at her. Tears couldn’t flow anymore, she saw a knife in the kitchen and lifted it. No Taura!!! He screamed, I failed you i shouldn’t have let them parade and embarrass you like that nor should i have slapped you. I love you my princess please put the knife down and we talk about all this. You failed to protect me Pahuro, you are my husband it must be you and me against the world. On top of that you showed me your dark side one i never knew you had, you slapped me. Stay away from me or i will stab you, get out i want to be alone. Stab me or kill me Taura but i am not going anywhere I love you, he said this moving forward. She swung the knife and she saw blood on the knife. She threw it down and screamed, i am sorry i didn’t mean to cut you. Blood was streaming from his veins,she had never seen so much blood in her life.She tried to stop the blood flow but she couldn’t as people entered they just couldn’t believe what was in front of their eyes. He was getting pale and she was screaming but no sound was coming out. They took him to the car and rushed to the hospital, they urged her to stay but she couldn’t she rushed to the car accompanying his injured husband to the hospital. The doctor came out from the theater to inform the family that he was stable but in crucial condition.A quarrel commenced , she couldn’t say any word the person she stabbed was all she could think of .She wanted to see him but they prevented her from doing so, but Pahuro called for her they lied that she wasn’t around. She didn’t want to live anymore she hated Pahuro for not standing up for her and slapping her but she couldn’t deny how much she loved him. She took the same knife she stabbed Pahuro with and ran to the mountain they usually sit together. Death was the only option left for her, she couldn’t continue living in a world where everyone she met laughed and mocked her. Her true love, the person he gave her purity was in the hospital because of her and she wasn’t sure if he could forgive and love her again.Taura,Taura , Taura she heard a familiar voice it was Pahuro , because of embarrassment she stabbed herself.© Mkaranga

DANGEROUS LOVECHAPTER 1After seeing him she taught she was dreaming, she has never seen anyone like him before. His smile melted her, she fell deep down in his eyes and the moment he opened his mouth to greet her she was left in oblivion.They shared a beautiful night and she thought she had found a true love.Steve was his name and Mary was never been so much in love.They had a perfect relationship in the eyes of everyone around them but it all changed when they were having a romantic dinner at a restaurant in town. She was complimented by another man and she returned a smile only for Steve his boyfriend to get mad and shove the guy.I am very sorry i don’t know what came to me i was just trying to protect you, she accepted the apology.She opened her door to her house and Steve opened his hands to her. Outbursts of whore, slut and other deragatory names filled her ears and house. Fist and slaps explored her body, how can you flirt with another man in my presence that’s very disrespecting to me. Mary had never seen this side of Steve, he thought he was a sweet and loving person but this night he showed her that he was a wolf underneath the sheep cloth. He fell on his knees in front of her begging for her forgiveness, tears flowed from his eyes he was saying he had been possessed by the evil spirit and this wasn’t him. She looked into his eyes and the love she had for him made her saw that he was sincere which led her to forgive him and she hugged him.Lying was now part of her life I was mugged by thieves that was she told her family and friends when they asked her what had happened.2 weeks after the incident he prepared a meal for the two of them to celebrate the job he had got. She came in late from work and what greeted her were fist and being slapped with a belt he was furious that she had kept him waiting for so long. She couldn’t walk or talk after the beating, she crawled into the shower to take a bath and tears flowed from her eyes. When she was dressing he came to her and begged for forgiveness, I don’t think i can forgive you this time Steve we have to go separate ways she said. He went on one knee and asked her to marry him, she has always wanted to get married and she couldn’t pass this opportunity up so she said yes.©Mkaranga

*THE PAIN OF LOVE*CHAPTER 2 *continued*The little piece of his heart that is left skipped a bit,as he continue to listen to her.He looked at her with lusting eyes and a smile was a reply,he didn’t want to feel that way but feelings can’t be blocked.I have been hurt ,betrayed but i feel like you can make my heart whole again and be the reason behind my smile.Excuse me!!!!She cried out, what gave you the right to think my smile was an invitation for you to ask me out.I don’t find you attractive nor do i want to be with you.Those words were painful to hear,it was like his heart was finished off.The thought of standing up and walking away with shame circulated in his mind and his vow of not loving again came rushing to him.He wanted to walk away with his tail between his legs but he felt this urge to stay.You are right i am not the most attractive guy you will ever meet,but i would love to get to know you were his first words after the embarrassment.You just met me a second ago and you already want to get under my skirt you should be ashamed of yourself.FUCK YOU !!! The outburst from him rang out in the room, you are beautiful ,sexy and yes i would love to sleep with you.If i wanted someone to sleep with i will go find a hooker,i am asking you out because you are smart, intelligent and you seem like someone who…why do i have to explain myself to you go to hell.She just stood there paralyzed from mortification, watching him leave was the best she could do. Her classification of all men as dogs had caused her to lose what could have been true love, despair filled her face.He was alone in his thoughts cursing himself for trying to leave his safety cave because he listened to his heart.Will i ever find another woman to love and who will truly accept and love me.Few days went by and he still can hear, smell and see this girl who humiliated him, he thought maybe he was starting to be mad. He wanted the thought of her to stop,the smell of her intensified, he threw down the glass of water he was holding in anger.Their eyes met and she smiled at him, but his reaction was that of disgust.He pushed her out of the way and left.© Mkaranga

*DANGEROUS LOVE**CHAPTER 1*After seeing him she taught she was dreaming, she has never seen anyone like him before. His smile melted her, she fell deep down in his eyes and the moment he opened his mouth to greet her she was left in oblivion.They shared a beautiful night and she thought she had found a true love.Steve was his name and Mary was never been so much in love.They had a perfect relationship in the eyes of everyone around them but it all changed when they were having a romantic dinner at a restaurant in town. She was complimented by another man and she returned a smile only for Steve his boyfriend to get mad and shove the guy.I am very sorry i don’t know what came to me i was just trying to protect you, she accepted the apology.She opened her door to her house and Steve opened his hands to her. Outbursts of whore, slut and other deragatory names filled her ears and house. Fist and slaps explored her body, how can you flirt with another man in my presence that’s very disrespecting to me. Mary had never seen this side of Steve, he thought he was a sweet and loving person but this night he showed her that he was a wolf underneath the sheep cloth. He fell on his knees in front of her begging for her forgiveness, tears flowed from his eyes he was saying he had been possessed by the evil spirit and this wasn’t him. She looked into his eyes and the love she had for him made her saw that he was sincere which led her to forgive him and she hugged him.Lying was now part of her life I was mugged by thieves that was she told her family and friends when they asked her what had happened.2 weeks after the incident he prepared a meal for the two of them to celebrate the job he had got. She came in late from work and what greeted her were fist and being slapped with a belt he was furious that she had kept him waiting for so long. She couldn’t walk or talk after the beating, she crawled into the shower to take a bath and tears flowed from her eyes. When she was dressing he came to her and begged for forgiveness, I don’t think i can forgive you this time Steve we have to go separate ways she said. He went on one knee and asked her to marry him, she has always wanted to get married and she couldn’t pass this opportunity up so she said yes.©Mkaranga

*DANGEROUS LOVE**CHAPTER 1*After seeing him she taught she was dreaming, she has never seen anyone like him before. His smile melted her, she fell deep down in his eyes and the moment he opened his mouth to greet her she was left in oblivion.They shared a beautiful night and she thought she had found a true love.Steve was his name and Mary was never been so much in love.They had a perfect relationship in the eyes of everyone around them but it all changed when they were having a romantic dinner at a restaurant in town. She was complimented by another man and she returned a smile only for Steve his boyfriend to get mad and shove the guy.I am very sorry i don’t know what came to me i was just trying to protect you, she accepted the apology.She opened her door to her house and Steve opened his hands to her. Outbursts of whore, slut and other deragatory names filled her ears and house. Fist and slaps explored her body, how can you flirt with another man in my presence that’s very disrespecting to me. Mary had never seen this side of Steve, he thought he was a sweet and loving person but this night he showed her that he was a wolf underneath the sheep cloth. He fell on his knees in front of her begging for her forgiveness, tears flowed from his eyes he was saying he had been possessed by the evil spirit and this wasn’t him. She looked into his eyes and the love she had for him made her saw that he was sincere which led her to forgive him and she hugged him.Lying was now part of her life I was mugged by thieves that was she told her family and friends when they asked her what had happened.2 weeks after the incident he prepared a meal for the two of them to celebrate the job he had got. She came in late from work and what greeted her were fist and being slapped with a belt he was furious that she had kept him waiting for so long. She couldn’t walk or talk after the beating, she crawled into the shower to take a bath and tears flowed from her eyes. When she was dressing he came to her and begged for forgiveness, I don’t think i can forgive you this time Steve we have to go separate ways she said. He went on one knee and asked her to marry him, she has always wanted to get married and she couldn’t pass this opportunity up so she said yes.©Mkaranga

THE PAIN OF LOVE

*THE PAIN OF LOVE*

CHAPTER 1



He woke up and the first thing he did was to pick up his phone to call the woman of his dream. What greeted him was not her voice but that of another man who was saying he was the husband. He thought he was dreaming or hallucinating, he asked for her but she hung up the phone. He didn’t want to believe that what’s had just happened was real but he couldn’t find any reason to make it a dream. It was real he finally admitted he had just be dumped without actually being dumped. Was this the new normal, did she ever loved him or he was just a hitting bag so she could be ready to become a wife. He has been hurt, used and felt unloved he vowed not to love again. Why love if my feelings are taken for granted? He asked. Fuck them girls, they are satanist that was his reply. He vowed never to trust or love any girl anymore.He opened his heart for a girl who played rugby with his feelings and heart, can you blame him for not loving or trusting any girl again? He remained single for 5 months without any interest in girls, then everything changed. He met this girl who touched him where no one has touched before.


©Mkaranga

Born frees?

They called us born frees because we came into the world after the blacks took back their lands and what belonged to them from the white oppressors. Most lost their lives in fighting for the right to own the land and it’s resources and to free the majority from oppression and gain our independence.From Mbuya Nehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi, Herbert Chitepo, Josiah Tongogara and thousands more they gave their lives to the nation and they lost them in the process because they wanted to free the black people from bondage and the oppression by the white settler. Dictionary meaning of independence “it’s the state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one’s own affairs without interference”.18 April Zimbabwe celebrated her independence we have finally freed ourselves from bondage and oppression we were now a free people, we celebrated not knowing we were only changing the colour of the skin of our oppressors. Since 1980 Zimbabweans have never known freedom thousands lost their lives in the Matebeleland genocide. Gukurahundi which still scars the nation at this very moment where thousands of mainly ndebele people lost their lives in the Matebeleland and Midlands province at the hands of the state. In 2000 in trying to reclaim the land the war vets forcibly removed the whites from the land.Destroying property in the process with hundreds losing their lives. Torture, abductions, arrests, capture of the courts and squashing of protests has characterized the political field in the country. Many opposition supporters and activists lost their lives at the hands of the ruling party and the security agents. Anyone who has spoken against the government or those in authority has faced harsh punishment from the state. This in process has chased away investments in the country but the government has been blaming the targeted sanctions that the west imposed on those who are responsible for these human rights transgressions.The majority of the citizens are living below the poverty line ,with some going to bed on an empty stomach, children dropping out from school and many graduates make a living selling airtime and phones. Are the sanctions imposed on the selected few to blame? Definitely not but the 40 years of poor governance by the ruling party is to blame. Many youths they had their dreams snatched away from them, and those who have managed to leave the country they have done so in hope in salvaging their dreams and look for greener pastures in a foreign land.Are we born free? When we are still being oppressed by our own government or we are still under colonization but not from the white person this time, we have been colonised for 40 years by the black person. Until we are free from this oppression we will never be born frees.

© Mkaranga

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