Bulawayo…

I saw this car on Saturday and it reminded me of my brothers fetching me from school…

bulawayo

Take me back
on runs to school,
sun-baked days
and swimming pools…

hot Novembers,
warm downpours,
barefoot excursions
out of doors…

riding bikes
till my knees burned,
days of innocence,
unconcerned…

daydreaming
in the *veld
all day long,
radios blaring
the latest songs…

stars that were
too numerous
to count,
makeshift dwellings
where I crouched…

whispering to ancestors
in the dark,
running wildly
through shadowy parks…

take me back
to simplicity,
where dreams were planted
beneath wishing trees…

*veld, also spelled veldt, is a type of wide-open rural landscape in Southern Africa. Particularly, it is a flat area covered in grass or low scrub, especially in the countries of South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.