Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 34,965 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

In The Time That It Takes To Park A Cream Coloured Car - Poem by Gert Strydom

On a autumn day in the time
that it takes to park a cream coloured car
a devastating ball of fire, of flame
detonates shattering
in Church Street, Pretoria
on the twentieth of May nineteen eighty three

causing shrapnel to fly down in the street
splintering, scattering
flying, piercing glass
from all the buildings facing the street
in a deadly shimmering rain

murdering, maiming blowing to bits
the innocent civilian men, women and children
passing by in the street

for a political cause
giving a loud hell of a bang
of a applause
as if the whole of humanity
has gone insane
leaving blood, guts, body parts
and the survivors in terrible pain.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 20, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, May 20, 2011

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