Treasure Island

Siyabonga A Nxumalo

(South Africa)

Mickey mouse


Do you call this country free?

Even when people still lives
In slums and squater camps,
Even when protesting against
Poor service delivery can get you
KILLED?

You call this country a free country?

Even when politicians call fellow
South Africans,
REFUGEES,
Just because they moved
To another province?

Don't you see....,
Can't you see? this....
This is a mickey mouse freedom.

Are you still believing that,
That this is a free country?

........Even when........
....Police shoot to kill....
...Innocent protesters are shot...
...Innocent marchers are stoned...
...And beaten for marching...
....To the Cosatu house? ....

Don't you see....,
Can't you see....?
This is a mickey mouse freedom.

So, do you still believe we're free?

When they wana put tollgates
On every road,
When taxi drivers are terrorized
Daily?

WHEN MY VOTE DOES NOT
GUARANTEE ME SAFETY? ...

Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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  • Hulisani Maliavusa (11/4/2012 8:32:00 AM)

    You're poems should be published! ! They speak volume! ! I believe you should be part of the most recognised poets! ! wow, you are amazing. I like the way you express yourself. Simple and well portrayed. #thumbs up! ! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (10/10/2012 10:29:00 PM)

    wow! this is an awesome write and love the way you are getting your message to the world.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Jinal Oswal (6/28/2012 4:57:00 AM)

    Exactly, this is a mickey mouse freedom.. More or less every one is facing such issues... we have honor killings in our country... tollgates... we have a never ending list... You have selected a very nice topic... I wish this awareness spreads and we see human standing for humans and not people standing with guns... A wonderful poem Siya... (Report) Reply

  • Vincent Kuo (5/27/2012 6:02:00 PM)

    Thanks for the poem. I think it's wonderful that such truthful scenes are make aware, and people need to become aware of this more frequently. We live in a country where such things are happening on a daily basis, so we somehow become numb from all the atrocity!

    Man is condemned to be free, because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Little do people realize that freedom comes with great responsibility, we cannot be truly free, otherwise there's nothing stopping the neighbors from beating me and taking my house. Sadly, people are comfortable with seeing thousands die, in the name of freedom, but go completely up in arms when hearing of one death in the name of oppression. Evidently, society's judgement is impaired.

    Thanks for your vivid poem bro, I'm touched! Awareness is key! (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (5/26/2012 8:35:00 PM)

    Brother, please don't cry only for your land, cry loud for all of us! Such things happens worldwide, more or less violent, a vote to guaratee the safety of every human being is yet to happen... (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/25/2012 4:32:00 AM)

    All people are free in mind, heart and spirit.
    But to put true freedom into a working political
    system has hamstringed us from the beginning.
    Very powerful writing. (Report) Reply

  • Pheko Motaung (5/23/2012 7:20:00 AM)

    You make me cry! I cry tears of useless sorrow for our country.And you're marvelous my brother! You carry out the task of the poet-artist-sooth sayer-social critic-healer with amazing truthfulness! I value your contribution like the breath that I breath.Wonderful poem.Thank you home boy (Report) Reply

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