Nick Masesso, Jr.

 “The wind is in from Africa. Last night I couldn’t sleep” – Carey – Joni Mitchell

Negotiating narrow walkways above overly clean streets in Cape Town; a haphazard assortment of traipsing multi-racial folk shadowed by Victorian buildings and Victorian morals, enveloped in fear midst everyday joys of life; are hidden yet visible under a veil of normalcy.

In apartheid Southern Africa the disconnect that set this place apart was palpable. Chaos; the random order free people enjoy, chaos born of freedom to act spontaneously; was missing. Every move people of all colors made seemed choreographed; life on film in a sort of paranoid hell, a Orwellian 1984. Each body cringed imperceptibly like it could be struck at any moment; a collective fear mixed with a collective sorrow, a deep psychic injury, lying outside the sphere of the physical, a mysterious sensitivity generations ingrained.

The tribal elder’s called me Mzungu…

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About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

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