Emmanuel Sigauke teaches English at Cosumnes River College. He grew up in Zimbabwe where he graduated with a degree in English from the University of Zimbabwe. After this, he attended Sacramento state and graduated with a Masters in English. He has published poetry and short fiction. He is also the founding editor of Munyori Literary Journal and is on the boards of the Sacramento Poetry Center and Writers International Network Zimbabwe. He has edited African Roar, an anthology of African fiction, and has co-edited publication for Writivism, a program to promote African writers continent-wide. Emmanuel has been a judge for the Northen California Publisher’s Awards and the Writivism short story contest. His collection of poetry, Forever Let Me Go, was published in 2008. He is currently working on another collection entitled High Field.
The ngoro flew; hurtling us towards
Ranga’s death; he and one donkey
Out of two; when life was escaping.
But Ranga had it coming
From when the bullet at base grazed him
And made him abhor war,
Yet when independence came,
He said he was in war again.
Combat with time,
And we knew he would not last.
I was there too when it happened
Except I jumped
Before the ngoro twisted, snapped, and tipped,
Claimed one howling boy,
Crashed a surprised donkey.
I have lived to tell it all
But for years, I have remained mum.
Even on memories of the guerilla war
All those years ago,
To the new war of the stomach
Rocking the country between two rivers.