ladies at the corner…

a woman sits at the corner of Chinamano Avenue and Third Street,
she sits on an old paint can, her back hunched,
the skin on her face is weathered, but skillfully caked in make up,
she could be in her fifties, or maybe her sixties,
sometimes she is sober,

she’s always wrapped up, thick winter socks, striped this time,
dirty overcoat with just the slightest hints of a skirt peaking out,
the hookers on her side of the street dress rather modestly,
maybe she inspires them,
a niche for the modest hooker perhaps,

she sells loose cigarettes, boiled sweets and one dollar airtime,
decent destination to get some stale air,
i walk past two hookers and get to her upturned box,
they don’t notice me,
leaning into a window, negotiating terms,

i don’t want anything but i buy five mints anyway,
she’s packing up and asks me to help her,
it’s a tired voice that scratches out of her,
tired of life,
we pick up her boxes and stock in one go,

it’s midmorning on a sunday so I ask her why the rush,
chechi muna fourth,
well, it is a sunday,
my people love white Jesus,
we deposit the boxes with a complex guard and i turn back,

i walk back past the two hookers,
ko ndeipi, she balances cautiously on one leg,
playfully tugging at the tiny skirt that’s not covering her ass,
ndeipi sister, respectful, always,
ko huya ka tikwirane,

in retrospect it was a fitting proposal,
but it caught me off kilter and i grinned,
all guts, she steps forward and places her hand on my forearm,
mock restraint,

huya kani tiite,

mira kani…,

i must say though, if you’ll let me,
her hand is delightfully delicate,
i expected callouses of a rough life perhaps,
a car stops and her partner calls her over…


4 thoughts on “ladies at the corner…

  1. Ha ha ha, YES SIR!! My people do love white Jesus. They relate to him like nothing else.

    ɴ. ʟ sᴀᴍᴋᴀɴɢᴇ

    ᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴄᴏɴsᴜʟᴛᴀɴᴛ (ʜɴs) ᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘᴍᴇɴᴛ sᴛᴜᴅɪᴇs

    sᴛʀᴀᴛᴇɢɪᴄ ʙᴜsɪɴᴇss ᴄᴏɴsᴜʟᴛᴀɴᴛs sᴀɴᴅᴛᴏɴ, ᴀʟʙᴇʀᴛᴏɴ, ʜᴀʀᴀʀᴇ, ʟɪʟᴏɴɢᴡᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴀɪʀᴏʙɪ +263776339362


    sᴛʀᴀᴛᴇɢɪᴄ ᴏᴜᴛsᴏᴜʀᴄɪɴɢ..

  2. Hahaha mukoma Mos thats a cracking read. Here in Marondera we have a hub of these “ladies of negotiable affections” called paGeorge or paMarondera. Its real outchea

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