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He Bullies

A poem by Virginia Phiri. Part of a series of poems by African feminist writers for 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.

  • Cowards to the core
  • Petty minded
  • Toothless bull dogs
  • Schemers
  • Braggers
  • Enveloped in sick dreams
  • Dressed in inferiority complex
  • Thrive on teasing and threats
  • Weave conflicts to survive
  • Armed with verbal and physical abuse
  • Vampires that suck your shadow and confidence


Read other articles in the series, 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence 2012.

About the author

Virginia Phiri was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1954. She is an Accountant by profession, writes both fiction and non-fiction and is also an African Orchid expert. She has published three books of poetry, Desperate (2002), Destiny (2006) and Highway Queen (2010) and is currently working on a fourth entitled Grey Angels.

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