Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 7,117 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Completely Deranged [revised] - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

Even explaining or defending this
hateful system masquerading as
god-sanctioned and heaven-sent,
disguised as ‘Africans’ freedom’
to be their tribal selves in non-
arable land - 13% of the country -

While prohibited from living on
70 per cent of the land where they
were allowed as migrant workers
with a pass to present to the police
on demand; just claiming this racial
Nazi system was well-intentioned

Is propaganda, evidence of a mind
completely deranged…

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written after reading Nelson Mandela's
'Long Walk To Freedom'

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, March 7, 2014

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