Friday, July 29, 2016

Birth--By Ndongolera C. Mwangupili--Malawi


Birth, like bathing,
is always new;
being born, like breathing,
is constantly fresh.
we bath at our birth
and we begin to breathe.

Birth, bathing and breathing
are analogous yet diverse
and each day, which makes a year, is
our birth, our bathing and our breathing.

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 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. I started catching up to this poem after I read it the second time, it invites the reader to think about some familiar fundamentals in an expanded frame of reference, I think that's one of a poet's goals...

  2. Ndondgolera,
    A truly beautiful poem. I love it!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  3. a master piece that forced me to reflect on my own birth, bath and breathing

  4. Well-written. Imagery abound. Nice write, Ndongolera. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (