In the last stanza of the poem, the person claims that Mlauli had seen more things that will happen in the future.
Mlauli had seen all these events before,
and many more terrifying ones to come.
These, indeed, will also come to pass soon.
It had been decreed and will not be diverted.
The persona speaks with power that these things will come to pass soon and that soon is now, which is what Mlauli saw happening in Malawi and many parts of Africa. However, Mlauli had other things that he did not mention, but foretold that they will come to pass. “and many more terrifying ones to come”.
What are the terrifying ones that Mlauli the old and trusted rainmaker, who was called upon to perform the rain calling ritual thought? Mlauli might have seen the killings of people with albinism in his prophetic realm. Many African countries have registered a very huge number of killings and abductions of people with albinism. The UN noted that from 2000 to 2013 it received two hundred reports of attacks on people with albinism across fifteen African countries. It is believed that body parts of people with albinism that can be used for rituals that can make one rich. 18 albinos have been killed and 5 have been abducted (as of 5 June 2019). Despite all the efforts done by Malawi government through the police services as well as the judiciary, the situation is still growing. Furthermore, the Malawi government also offers 7000 dollars which is almost 5 million kwacha to anyone providing information that is proven to be credible relating to any conspiracy to abduction and killing of people with albinism. The whole issue of killing and abduction of people with albinism is terrifying, hence it might be among the unmentioned prophecies.
Mlauli might have also seen the new fashion of same sex marriages. Malawi now has a group of people who believe in marrying people of their own sex. There are recorded case of gays and lesbians in Malawi with some having public weddings of the abomination. While this issue has an element of human rights, it can be among the terrifying ones as prophesised by Mlauli since this issue is strange in Malawi.
Furthermore, Mlauli might have seen nepotism and tribalism in Malawi. Malawi has one disease that if not healed has the capacity to cause anarchy in the near future. Many people look at others based on where they come from in terms of religion, tribe and region. This has the capacity to fuel rivalry between people who are supposed to be united. More terrifying ones are yet to come indeed.
In terms of style, the poem has used different flairs of poem writing. In terms of stanzas the poem has used sestet type of stanza. This is the use of six lines in a stanza through a poem (Caffrey, 2017). The poet has maintained the six lines from section one to the last. Furthermore, the poem has used a descriptive type to come up with the issues. A descriptive poem is a type of poem that describes the world that surrounds the speaker (Caffrey, 2017). It uses elaborate imagery and adjectives and the poem above has used them.
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