This poem looks at the inner spirit of mankind, but especially the poet's own society which could remain
bitter and angry forever at its treatment at the hands of the former colonial power.
This anger, he says, is quite unnecessary. Indeed, if one surveys the world from the vantage of a positive
mind, one might see all sorts of advantages and things to be joyful about. It is purely a matter of the mind
and of perspective.
A NOTE ON THE POET
Charles Mungoshi was born of farming parents in Rhodesia -- now Zimbabwe -- in 1947. He is
regarded as one of his country's most prominent writers.
He has written novels, short stories and poetry, using both the Shona and English languages.
It has been said that his work deals subtly with the cultural complexities of Zimbabwe, and especially of
the conflict between the younger and older generations as well as the different rural and urban loyalties.
From 1975 to 1981, Mungoshi worked for the Literature Bureau of Zimbabwe as an editor, and then joined
the Zimbabwe Publishing House.
Later he become the "Writer in Residence" at the University of Zimbabwe. After that, however, he
tended to work freelance.
It has been said that Mungoshi's poetry paints a "multi-layered world of meaning" in which he uses
a short and condensed style of writing.
It has also been said that his poetry rarely makes socio-political statements but this is questionable.
Indeed, his socio-political comments are sometimes hidden in what appears to be a rather simple
comment on reality.
His writings have won him several awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of
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