advent journal: zoom



before the word was a way
to talk across the pandemic
or sent kids around the room
Zoom was the nickname of one
who captivated my country
with the way he played football

I was a child in Zambia kicking
soccer balls in the backyard
and chanting his name as we
sat in the stands on the first
Zambian National Team after

the World Cup has taken up
my afternoons for weeks now
and though Zambia is long ago
for me I have cheered for every
African team like they were
Zoom at Lusaka City Stadium

I am captivated by the children
caught on camera as their country
competes in part because I see
myself as Zoom led the team of
our new nation and we felt
like we could be champions


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