Of Coffee With A State March Of Mind

Of Coffee And A State March Of Mind

If you were having coffee with me, I would be glad to have you visit and tell you that I think I am slowly becoming a coffee connoisseur; that is black coffee, no sugar,no cream. A cousin “with connections” managed to buy some sugar at wholesale price and let me buy a packet from them “for a reasonable price”  Long story short, I put sugar in my coffee for the first time in 21 days and it tasted so horrible I poured it away and quickly regretted it as I brewed another cuppa.

A moment of silence asI weep for the wasted sugar, coffee and the gas used in the brewing of that monstrosity of a hug in a mug. I live in a time when I literally cant afford to waste not a single thing. I used to wonder how long you could keep leftovers in the fridge before you felt guilty of the culture you were keeping, the answer is the guilt never stops, not even as you clean out moldy Tupperware.

Anyway these days I hardly ever get leftovers to throw away even the stray cat that had adopted me has stopped coming around to visit and scrounge for scraps, and the rats are  having a field day, the cat is away.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that it’s funny how exactly this time last year we had a world changing march which pretty changed everything and nothing and probably might have made things worse. (read my post Solidarity March)

Zimbabwe Solidarity Military

“The People” Marched to the State House in solidarity with the Army after the historic coup that was not a coup that resulted in president Robert Mugabe’s “resignation” from office after 37 in power.  I remember the day 18 November 2017 it was quite easy to get swept up with the euphoria of the day even the older generation folk who witnessed the Independence Day celebrations 18 April 1980 said even those were subdued compared to this.  

APC Harare

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that, yes I marched to the State House, mostly because by some freak chance I was there when it happened and it was easy to get swept up with the mood of the day, if you were there you would have marched too; it was like a street party, it was the most historic gathering of Zimbabwe and I witnessed it. Most people probably realized that they were simply a pawn in power games to endorse a coup that was not coup, that the people had spoken,but hope does strange things, it’s a fire once lit it burns beyond rhyme and reason.

Fist pump military man in tank

Fast forward to a year later and the flames of hope seem to have been snuffed out, elections with contested results, post-election violence and runaway inflation.

Zimbabwe Military 1 August

The president swore in a seven member  Commission Of Inquiry chaired by Kgalema Motlanthe (former South African president) back in September to find out what transpired on 1 August 2018

Commission of Inquiry sworn in
President Mnangagwa congratulates members of the Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence (from left) chairperson and former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Commonwealth secretary-general and Nigerian national Chief Emeka Anyaouku, and UK-based Queen’s Counsel Rodney Dixon (right) after their swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare yesterday. —(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

President Mnangagwa congratulates members of the Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence (from left) chairperson and former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Commonwealth secretary-general and Nigerian national Chief Emeka Anyaouku, and UK-based Queen’s Counsel Rodney Dixon 
Picture by Tawanda Mudimu

Two months later they are still at it; during an interview with the Commission, a Brigadier General Sanyatwe of the Zimbabwe National Army denied that the army shot members of the public. The brigadier is on record for saying in the video in question (of the soldier firing) “if you check properly you will see that rifle was being fired at an angle of 45 degrees in the air and not direct….

Shooting at a 45 degree angle

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you what’s happening in your part of the world, I would also tell you that today is hair washday and if you know me by now you should know it rains when I wash my hair, sometimes I suspect I am a Rain God, if you live in my neck of the woods carry an umbrella I predict rain in the coming week.

Wash day beaton

Have an awesome one

~B

PS And yeah if you just wound up on my blog welcome and do drop a link to a post you want me to check out and I will, if also check out other people in my comments cause I roll with good people

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17 thoughts on “Of Coffee With A State March Of Mind

  1. I have an ex-military friend who I’m sure was angry at me for something when he tried to kill me with coffee made his style – strong with no sugar, no milk, no contaminates of any kind, just undeluted poison. I have a psych-block from ever trying untamed coffee again as a result. These scars may never heal. But for you, I would lift the cup utter a toast to something that gave us a recent reason to laugh and go for it. Hey we could toast clean hair, while wishing I still had enough to have fun with. Cheers my friend.

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    • hahahahaha I think you have to sorta ease into the poison you know like the frog in gradually heated water until its boiling….
      here’s to enjoying my hair in its twisted mess
      have an awesome week Gary
      ~B

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  2. “…hope does strange things, it’s a fire once lit it burns beyond rhyme and reason.”

    Beautiful bit of writing there B. As always, love your insights.

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  3. Yeah, coffee is best enjoyed black, without any distractions. I enjoy hearing your stories, from a part of the world so different form mine. Here in Nevada things are pretty nice, the weather is very comfortable this time of the year (too hot most of the year, but not now.) My heart is with all the victims of the fires in our neighboring state, California. So many dead and missing. Several friends lost everything the had.
    I hope your new week is good. We’re about to celebrate Thanksgiving here. Always so much to be thankful for.

    – Maria

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing about your life in your area of the world and being well-versed in what is happening politically. I teach a Journalism class, and I earlier showed them your August blog about election riots in Zimbabwe. I hope you don’t mind; I would also like to share this blog article, do you mind if I print it? They’d likely maintain more that way. I want to show my kids how, with just a little effort, they can learn the point of view of someone living in another country and how we can learn about worldwide news in this way, thereby showing the purposes and usefulness of blogs and blogging. I love hearing your insights. Best wishes, Beaton.

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