ANC Election Manifesto Launch

It’s so nice

It’s so nice
says a talking head
of the political sort
on my morning radio
out in East London

It’s so nice
(to see all these people)
might be something
satirists and cartoonist-types
pounce upon with relish

It’s so nice
having voting cattle
at one’s fingertips
loyal and trusting
living in hope eternal

It’s so nice
pleasant, lovely
fine, good

(reminding me of a public notable
describing not a hearty meal
but the 15 minutes he had
in the traditional way
(she didn’t say no))

It’s so nice
patently so, the masses
come out and show
(‘they’re not stupid you know’)

It’s so nice
to hear the good news
before election time

Trying to draw on the theme “You can’t make fun of good news” (“Recession
puts puzzle on drawing board of political cartoonists”, Cape Times
Business Report, January 7 2009); with ANC National Spokesperson Carl –
‘there is no paranoia in the ANC’ – Niehaus on SAFM morning radio’s
Saturday Weekend AMLive (January 10 2009), manifesto-ing himself on ‘the
will of the people’, in between celebrating 97 years.

I wonder (who writes his speeches)

I wonder who
writes his speeches
wonders jobless welder
Richard Meyer, waiting
for the better life for all

I wonder who
writes his speeches
might it be the one
who made the chair
someone fell off

I wonder who
writes his speeches
might wise words come
flowing forth in between
sprigs of garlic and beetroot

I wonder who
writes his speeches
shower-inspired maybe
washing away excesses
of our present-past-future

I wonder who
writes his speeches
whipping up emotions
under the influence
clad in prison-orange

I wonder who
writes his speeches
galivanting abroad
drumming up support
for his regime looming

I wonder who
writes his speeches
the song and dance
that is his customary
way of ending once-more
heartfelt promises to you

Penned while waiting for that better life for all with Richard Meyer
waxing lyrical beside me, ANC head-honcho Zuma on the radio, speechifying
in between electioneering and celebrating the ANC’s 97 years, in East
London, Saturday January 10, 2009.
He will be buried (by the ANC)

He will be buried
by the ANC (the
African National Congress
just in case you forgot)

He will be buried
by the ANC, that is
our first president
and international icon
Nelson Mandela

He will be buried
by their actions
in the insatiable quest
for control over all
(power corrupts, absolutely)

He will be buried
by the shame
we cause with
our abuse of women
and our children too

He will be buried
shielding his eyes
over our tardiness
(cultural and otherwise)
with regard to HIV-AIDS

He will be buried
in mortification
at our behaviour
towards others
outside the borders

(never mind those
on the inside)

He will be buried
flags draped over
(even a springbok cap)
because of us and
maybe in spite of us

Somewhat bemused am I, at the country’s first president Nelson Mandela’s
statement, read out by one of his daughters at the ANC’s Election
Manifesto Launch and birthday celebrations, Saturday January 10 2009.

Author(s): 
David Kapp

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