Gert Strydom

(03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

In the early morning


When a god in the early morning
descended from the east
he wanted to find
a farm girl
and to get a Afrikaner girl
as a mate,
but no Afrikaner farm girl
liked him.

He got really angry
and went to the old Orange Free State
and there he scorched the earth open
with lightning bolts
and blasted every thing flat
to be able to see miles far
when an Afrikaner farm girl passes.

He farmed as well as he could
and fetched his sheep
from the fields
and one day
when he was standing in the field
between the blue bushes,
he saw an Afrikaner farm girl going past

and on his horse
he rode as fast as the wind
with dust hanging
twisting behind him
to get his girl.

l’Envoi
With time a nation
emerged like giants
out of that dry earth
and they work
before the sun rises
farming in that arid region
and here and there
a boy
watches a girl...

[Reference: The Orange Free State is province in South Africa, which is very arid with a flat landscape.]

Submitted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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