POETRY

Copper Fall

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After the goshawk and gymnogene take to the sky and roost,
the ample leisure of sunlight falls red on a breeze turning over
lost paths—the treasure of compost underfoot, warm and soft,
dark with secrets of millipedes and termites. The sky fades
with the delicate vowels of birds ringing down muscled hills,
streams caressing contours of green valleys, the marmalade
heat flattening to layers of white mist where prayers of leaves
slip through sacred air, the evening tanned with a copper veil,
the forest thick beneath a red moon rusting above sleeping hills.

Togara Muzanenhamo was born in Lusaka Zambia and brought up in Zimbabwe on his family's farm, 30 miles south of Harare. He studied Business Administration in France and The Netherlands. After his studies he returned to Zimbabwe where he became a journalist before moving to an institute dedicated to the development of African screenplays. In 2001 he went to England to pursue an M.A. in creative writing. Togara's poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. Spirit Brides, his debut collection, was published by Carcanet Press. He currently divides his time between writing and administrating the family business.

After the goshawk and gymnogene take to the sky and roost,
the ample leisure of sunlight falls red on a breeze turning over
lost paths—the treasure of compost underfoot, warm and soft,
dark with secrets of millipedes and termites.