I got asked to speak at the Malawi demo tomorrow

and I thought it would be nice to do a poem for Steven and Tiwonge as well as speak for them from a trans perspective.

The Court of Love

Paired lovers names – Tiwonge Steven- can
tell us of glances, touches, quiet meals.
Love’s catalogue. And what the angry man
who judged them does not know is how it feels

to be in love and young, and feel so right.
Tiwonge in her headscarf and red blouse
and holding hands with Steven, holding tight
until one day the police came to their house.

Dragged them apart away. What kind of threat
can lovers be? Their kisses and their tears
Stronger than law. Harsh judges may forget
that love away, apart, is worn by years

yet lasts, but those who punish love will learn
love’s bittersweet stern verdict in their turn.


About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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4 Responses to I got asked to speak at the Malawi demo tomorrow

  1. Anonymous says:


    Roz this is lovely and very fitting for the occasion. I wish I could make it to the demo as this case is appalling but I can’t get there. A letter to the Malawi High Commissioner is in the post today from me to protest and I have signed the petition sited here at: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/M100518R/

    x Helen (Would-be Bureaucrat)

  2. Anonymous says:


    According to the Telegraph website they have been pardoned following pressure from the UN:

    “President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi has pardoned a homosexual couple who had been jailed for 14 years”.

    Helen (Would-be Bureaucrat)

  3. pandarus says:

    God, that’s lovely. That made me cry. Damn. Oh, that’s just painfully incisive. What kind of threat/can lovers be indeed – and yet so many people think they are, the stupid fucks. I’m so glad this came out well in the end.

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