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Andreattah Chuma

Author Bio

Andreattah Chuma

Andreattah Chuma is a Brussels-based, Botswana-born poet and performer. Her poetry has been featured on television and radio and in workshops and narration for Botswana’s Mosadi documentary. She has participated in many poetry events, including Exodus Live Poetry, the Glastonbury Festival, the Ordsprak-International Poetry Festival, and the UK Slam Tour where she was crowned slam champion in Nottingham and Cambridge. Her debut poetry album is 1981 Was a Good Year; the well-received album made her the first Motswana to commercially release poetry on audio.

loving haiti from afar

your heart is turned inward
back into the shell
that used to hold
its beat
same beat
that reminds you of home

africa

where they made you skin so thick
and strong
when the earth shook you
it didn't break

but your heart did

for the children snatched from
your fingertips
the buttered kisses of hope
you gave them daily
the men and women
who look towards you for answers
now

but you are just broken bones
hung on a broken soul

voodoo child you brought
this on yourself
they say
with their bibles turned upside
down
they don't read them right

know this haiti
there is still enough love from the
rest of us
there is still enough God in the rest
of us

hold on
we are coming for you