Thursday, 27 October 2011

ingrid jonker

The Child who was shot dead by soldiers in Nyanga

The child is not dead
the child raises his fists against his mother
who screams Africa screams the smell
of freedom and heather
in the locations of the heart under siege

The child raises his fists against his father
in the march of the generations
who scream Africa scream the smell
of justice and blood
in the streets of his armed pride

The child is not dead
neither at Langa nor at Nyanga
nor at Orlando nor at Sharpeville
nor at the police station in Philippi
where he lies with a bullet in his head

The child is the shadow of the soldiers
on guard with guns saracens and batons
the child is present at all meetings and legislations
the child peeps through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers
the child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is everywhere
the child who became a man treks through all of Africa
the child who became a giant travels through the whole world

Without a pass

trans by antjie krog & andré brink


dritanje said...

Hi, your bicycle quotes are delightful, especially Mark Twain's. I'm proud to say I am a survivor....well, so far.
You also have some amazing poems, like Rati Amaglobeli's As soon as I open my eyes towards morning - I wonder where you find them? Thank you, Morelle

swiss said...

hello you!

it's a combination of googling and a large selection of poetry from around the world. my workmates say i should get out more..!