1. The tout
“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.