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That’s My Point

(it’s a long weekend)

That’s my point
it’s a long weekend
I want to see you

So romances a traveller
to all who might listen
en route to another
public holiday again
(what is it again)

It’s a long weekend
one more time
for us out here

Soweto Day
June 16
Youth Day even

That’s my point
it’s a long weekend

Me, listening in, to cell phone conversation nearby, on Parow Station, Thursday 12 June 2008.

What Lies Behind (or Rather)

Who lies behind

What lies behind (or rather)
Who lies behind asks our
emperor-in-the-main-bedroom
of the anti-foreigner deeds
just up your street

What lies behind (or rather)
Who lies behind might be
deemed something obvious
it might not say anything
to talk about conspiracies

Is it the hunger and poverty
of us local citizens coupled
with unemployment and the
housing crisis (as we call it)
worsened still by crime

(Are You) Poor and Prejudiced

Are you poor and prejudiced
or rich and tolerant
rather than famous

Poor and Prejudiced
poverty leads to injustice
enacted upon others

Poor and Prejudiced
do intolerance and poverty
sup at the same table

Poor and Prejudiced
fight over resources
houses and jobs
and even women too

Poor and Prejudged
needy in the pocket and
impoverished of mind
(thus of criminal intent)

Poor equals prejudged
Turn in on yourself
and those in your path

Judge Me Not (By What I Say)

Judge me not
by what I say
says our new coach
(who has a work permit)

Judge me not
by what I say
but rather by what
I do, says Joel Santana

Do we hear any
You took my job
You took my woman
You took my house

Do we hear any
You are a Brazilian
You are not from here
You are a foreigner
(or some term worse)

Do we hear any
Threats of violence
Burning and looting
Go back to your country
(where you came from)

Attacks on Foreign Nationals

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my opinions on the recent attacks on foreigners. This is an issue particularly close to my heart, as I was a refugee in Zimbabwe for five years, and the trust which I run, works with numerous Zimbabweans.

Our Zimbabwean crafters are intelligent, honest, creative and hard working. They lend their skills to growing the trust, and they willingly train and share their skills with locals. 

Xenophobia

While I agree that we should condemn in strongest terms the killing of people at Alexandra and elsewhere in the country, I strongly disagree that the killing is motivated by xenophobic tendencies. It is about competition for scarce resources. The definition of xenophobia is about hating of foreigners and I do not agree that South Africans hate foreigners for being foreigners. It is about frustration and competition for basic jobs that do not require any special training. I strongly disagree that South Africans are xenophobic.

The Dustbin of History

Breath in, Breath out
Garbage in, Garbage out
Garlic in, Toxins out
(or is it the other way)

The dustbin of history
herstory too, will judge us
perhaps won’t absolve you

The dustbin of history
not just the outcome
of municipal or community
mass strikes and protests

A politician’s portrait
framed for the gallery
in an official dustbin
as a citizen’s expression

Breath in, Breath out
Garbage in, Garbage out
Garlic in, Toxins out

Let Us Learn (Kha ri Gude)

Let us learn / Kha ri Gude
words of great promise
prompts the radio reporter

Halving illiteracy
our Dakar commitment
to Education for All

Illiteracy – another legacy
of our apartheid past
never mind the colonials
leaving us infrastructure

Illiteracy – a planned disaster,
to keep us down and out
unlike today’s calamities
due simply to incompetence

Let us learn / Kha ri Gude
empowering ourselves
our lives and communities

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