A Writer’s Worth

why worry or wonder what the writing is worth
when without it, the world over, the wise cannot be made worthy

without which, victory holds no weight
and nothing can hold back an enemy
let alone win warriors a state

why wonder why
when once the word touches the eye
it sounds in the ear
and beats to the soul’s rhythm

bringing a smile or tear
and exposing all that we fear or hold dear

why worry where a writer finds his work
when his weapon is that which birthed the world
and without which nothing would be here


Heath Muchena, 2017

Lust Forever vii

he didn’t expect to lose interest so fast
but no thanks to the Coolidge Effect
the romance didn’t last

appears to have been just another case
of man and the tendency to infatuate

she wanted to cuddle
but he was drawn to the recesses of his instinctive nature

o, how oxytocin created trouble
when a bond it tried to nurture
while the overdose of dopamine
energised him to seek more pleasures

if only endo-battles didn’t burst the bubble
a love could’ve blossomed, no?


Heath Muchena, 2017

Chasing Carmen iii

There’s not a single emotion I haven’t felt
For you my everything – breath and even heartache

You’re my memory and my escape
The one who gave my heart its shape


Heath Muchena, 2017

Winona’s Web

search engines make it all too easy to invade privacy
and my curiosity is tempting me into typing her name you see

but I hope by making this confession she’ll pardon me
since my heart is already at her mercy


Heath Muchena, 2017

This Working Thing viii

Creativity manifests in the exercise of passions
The communication of thoughts and ideas
And through exertion.

I am what I do
And to some that might sound all too pitiful.
But art is truly my heart.
Every rhythm, each beat, all the pieces and parts.
Beyond devotion, vocation, obsession…

My very existence!

So in all honesty I never quite understood ‘this working thing
Because as far as I’m concerned there’s never really been any other option.
And without this activity I may as well be in a coffin.

So here’s to living and never hoping.

To embodying the calling!


Heath Muchena, 2017

Zora, Forever.

Too busy living
I missed the news of your engagement
Just so happened this weekend
Finally got round to checking your Instagram
Only to find out that you had a ring on that special finger
On your left hand

Have to admit
Had me in my feelings for a moment
As I started reminiscing
Thinking what if things had been different

But I take responsibility for what happened
And your lover was lucky to find a diamond in the open
Since our relationship had ended
All because I wasn’t ready for commitment

And even though I lost you princess
I wish you nothing but love, happiness and infinite blessings


Heath Muchena, 2017

The Pascha Parental Pep Talk

You’re blessed with the brains to build a bulge bracket bank if you want to, so quit mocking the almighty with that pitiful attitude and be thankful for the genius in your blood. Never doubt yourself again. Boy, you better remember your name!

You believe in me more than I believe in myself sometimes, ma’am. I won’t let you down, I swear. I’ll break new barriers and even surpass Tidjane Thiam because I’m mind, body and soul deep in this game. They’ll sure remember our name!

Now, that’s more like my son!



Heath Muchena, 2017