Chad Brevis

Rookie (Cape Town)

Poverty Poem by Chad Brevis


I had not realised
the pain and famine
sweeping the wind barren ground
just beneath those cracked heels.

Her eyes,
allegorical to powder dry
dust
that settles
in the corner of stolen windows,
zones into dusk.
Her fingers
rest entangled
above knees and elbows
supporting the jut jaw
which will not come to know
a morsel for the night.

I looked at the scene as I composed my snap of art, and
FLASH...
decomposed human dignity.
I had not known poverty,
until I saw the DSTV dish on her shack.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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