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Tapera Makadho


The Stage was set


The stage was set
By the podium they packed
Waiting for the speech
That I would speak
Yet I had lost my notes

Then I was bolting to run
For I was incompetent and incoherent
Mistaken for beggars or thieves
Yet addressing doctors and chiefs

The stage was set
And the audience became hysterical
Over my slip of tongue
Then in gales of laughter

Later I gained momentum
As the hilarity subsided
For I was multilingual
I could speak with the gun
I knew poverty too
And I could speak silence loudly.

Submitted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 08, 2013

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