I Am The Only Needle

by Tendai Mwanaka

I am the only needle
In my name and of my calling.
Impossible needle stabbing the sky.
And there is no other needle
Of any kind anywhere.
Which can call upon me
For anything.

Not even for the sewing
Of the tattered clothing.
Not even for compromise
Or for cohabitation.
Not even for the slightest begging
Of an agreement
Or any arrangement.

Musical composition by Victor David Sandiego

Tendai R. Mwanaka is a multidisciplinary artist from Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. His works touches on literary disciplines (non-fictions, poetry, plays, fictions), music and sound art disciplines, visual art disciplines (photography, drawings, paintings, video,) inter genres and inter disciplines etc. Forthcoming books include; Zimbabwe: The Urgency of Now (creative non-fictions) from Langaa RPCIG, A Dark Energy (full length novel) from Aignos Publishing Inc. Work has been published in over 300 journals, anthologies and magazines in over 27 countries. Nominated, shortlisted and won some prizes and work has been translated into French and Spanish.


Love the simplicity, the needle as self. Nice reading too, with resonant voice.
Bob Hachet, Jul 05, 2016
Quite intriguing, needle as metaphor. I like the sparseness of this that says so much than what appears. Great recording, too. Beautiful voice!
Sarah Rohrs, Jan 05, 2015