Monday, January 23, 2017

Dying--By Ndongolera C. Mwangupili--Malawi


One person dies
another is born
we keep on living
dying as we live
and life goes on gyrating
futility of life remains
chumps continue to be our heroes
sages stay as our foot soldiers
and what? Life goes on…

Ndongolera C. Mwangupili works as a Senior Inspector of Schools in Malawi. He has vast experience as a teacher of English and Bible Knowledge. Many of his short stories, poems and essays have been published in the Malawi News and Weekend Nation. His stories are anthologized in Modern Stories from Malawi and The Bachelor of Chikanda and Other Stories. His poem “The Genesis” was anthologized in The Time Traveller of Maravi: New Poetry from Malawi. His other poem “Letters to a Comrade” is published online in India on He believes that there is a thin line between fiction and reality. All that people write is a re-creation of what is already known to the writer and exists not only in the mind of the writer but also outside the writer, therefore, fiction is actually facts written as if they are not facts. He is married to Angella, and they have two daughters Mary Magdalena and Princess Cleopatra.


  1. Dear Ndongolera,
    Welcome to Whispers.
    In reading your bio our readers and contributors will benefit greatly from the wealth of background you bring. Thank you for your poem and dDo send us more poems!

  2. Indeed, life continues, in spite of death, as this poem shows with its breathless use of words without much punctuation. Nice.

    Barbara Robinette

  3. Ndongolera,
    Nice poem. I love the imagery and real-life reflection it speaks of. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  4. Hi Ndongolera, True writing, saying a lot with a little.
    I wrote one similar when young called Dying Stars with a
    lot more words. Thanks for sharing this jewel in words.