Treasure Island

Sicelo Sithole

(09 April 1986 / Durban, South Africa)

Africans Then…


“There is not a single reason to put that frown
It is not your fault that these people are brown”
Said an old priest, with a gown full of blood considered ‘vile’
I am not trying to cook up a racial story, no.
But am only trying to get the message across, and for you the young to know
That, their land was taken, only to be returned later as a graveyard of missiles
With no questions, and with no smiles
They endured to be Africans then, endured for being ‘brown’ people for a while

Submitted: Monday, January 19, 2009

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  • Paolo Giuseppe Mazzarello (2/10/2010 2:01:00 PM)

    Africaans..Browns..Italians..One of my best friends is the new professor of Italian Literature in Johannesbourg, at University, you can contact him at francoarato@libero.it. Franco Arato Ph.D. is most serious scientist I know, in Italy he found only taxes, politics and mafia. In a certain sense, he too suffered from apartheid. Very good poem, honest, compliments to Mr Sithole, English legacy is in his hands. (Report) Reply

  • Victoria Mbali (2/10/2010 1:41:00 PM)

    how sad the past and how great the future will only if we look beyond the colour.nice I tell you, (Report) Reply

  • Sue S. (2/26/2009 1:27:00 PM)

    The quiet tone and understatement in this poem makes it SCREAM out loud! Fabulous. (Report) Reply

  • Diana Van Den Berg (2/26/2009 10:50:00 AM)

    The hurt and damage that Apartheid did goes far deeper than anyone who didn't experience it will ever know. However your beautiful words tell us some of it... (Report) Reply

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