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From the Ashes

Kay Mabasa

in all the years of humanity

civilization has been born and died

and born again


today we stand in the ashes of yesterday

in the memory of panic, grief, and pain

in the shadow of what many believed to be the end


but here we are

pushing on

building from the ashes


with the knowing

that it can all be brought

down again


for that is true resilience

that is rebellion

that is the way of life


Kay Mabasa (she/her) is a Zimbabwean and lives in the city of Bulawayo, also known as the city of Kings and Queens. She holds a B.A. in Publishing Studies and can be reached on Twitter @kay_mabasa_.


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