Grandpa Told Us
Mzuzu University, Malawi.
Right around the fire that granny made
That, that was Bantu’s genesis
When Bantu the first, received his maid,
Sent by Chiuta to curb his loneliness.
It was the usual oratory around the little furnace
That it was Chisunphi’s mission to be comprehended
In Bantu’s stay on earth, mothering the motherless
As Mphambe‘s instruction to his created,
Before the mphatata’s aroma called for attendance.
Countless evenings, grandpa narrated
That on a cow’s intestine was Bantu’s descent
From Chisumphi‘s place, full of a cattle herd
Onto the world under, with his hands made.
A Ngoni creation myth