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The World’s Greatest

“I am a mountain! I am a tall tree! O-o-oh, I am a vision; I can see clearly! Tiny arms and hands waved all around me as two hundred voices sang – practically shouted – the lyrics to “The World’s … Continue reading

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Misplaced Montage

I stared at the changing scenes in front of me, fixated and unable to move. A brilliantly blue sky glowed behind a craggy, breathtaking row of mountains, the bright green grass stubble butting up against the sheets of dark rock … Continue reading

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Autumnal Spring

The air in Swaziland these days has a duality about it. On the one hand, it is suggestive of the winter months that are ahead, hinting that colder days are coming. There is a nearly-tangible crispness, and chilly intimations that … Continue reading

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A Strong Wind

A strong wind has uprooted me, and I cling to my roots, desperately trying to avoid being completely blown off into an angry sky. As I look up, a single ray of sunshine breaks through the storm clouds. Moments later, … Continue reading

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Siphiwe, you are welcome

Papa was waiting by the side of the road for me as always as I hopped out of the car and onto the craterous dirt road. “Siphiwe,” he greeted me, calling me by my Swazi name, and held out his … Continue reading

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