Monday, May 23, 2016

By the Lake--By Ndongolera C. Mwangupili--Malawi

By the Lake

By the lake, as the sun is rising,
waves crash and bash the shore.
it’s a deep moan of the lake.
dark clouds race from the lake
towards the land. A kingfisher soars up.

I ponder the empty dreams
of my brother, his shames and faults.

A fisherman whistles a lamentable note.
the whistle echoes and re-echoes.
I sigh and sigh and sigh.

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. not sure about the kingfisher? full of ditraction though. best wishes Ralph.

  2. Ndongolera, thank you for this delightful poem. I enjoyed it. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (