Zenzele: A Letter For My Daughter - Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

J. Nozipo Maraire
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The final chapter is specifically located in “Chakowa, Zimbabwe.” Shiri explains that she believes that when they die, the dead pass on gifts and “bestow their spirit among those they love” (186). Shiri thinks about her mother who until the day she died visited her husband’s grave every day. Shiri describes her mother’s morning ritual, though she recalls that she did not often come with her mother.

Shiri then recalls the story of two lovers whose parents opposed their union. Eventually, they slipped away together to the avocado orchard and drank poison. Their families buried their bodies separately, and their spirits continued to haunt their families. When the bodies were dug up with the intention of reburying them together, the families discovered that both skeletons were already in one coffin.

Sitting in front of her parents’ graves, Shiri told her parents about the...

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