3 conversations from Stone Town

( Zanzibar)

1. The tout
“Taxi?”
“Tomorrow you go to Nungwi?”
“Hi brother, remember me from yesterday?”
Lean, smoky, throaty, Zanz-American slang.

2. The only wife
“Men, they are all cheats,” says Talhia, fifty something, at the office. Meanwhile Halima, thirty something, a second wife, smiles.
“Four wives. I tell you it is unfair,” Talhia continues.
Halima keeps smiling.

3.  The pebble
on the shore, blameless
luxuriates under the sea.

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