Land Poem by Antjie Krog

Land

Rating: 5.0


under orders from my ancestors you were occupied
had I language I could write for you were land my land

but me you never wanted
no matter how I stretched to lie down
in rustling blue gums
in cattle lowering horns into Diepvlei (Deepbrook)
rippling the quivering jowls drink
in silky tassels in dripping gum
in thorn trees that have slid down into emptiness

me you never wanted
me you could never endure
time and again you shook me off
you rolled me out
land, slowly I became nameless in my mouth

now you are fought over
negotiated divided paddocked sold stolen mortgaged
I want to go underground with you land
land that would not have me
land that never belonged to me

land that I love more fruitlessly than before

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Gajanan Mishra 04 February 2018

going under ground, good one

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Diana Van Den Berg 04 February 2017

Oh, I SOOOO get this! If only we could all blend together in Nelson Mandela's idea of a rainbow (in every sense of the word) nation and let the spilt blood and tears flow through and wash us all in reconciliation, and all belong to each other and the land, and each other and the land belong to all of us in return.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 04 February 2017

A great poem expressing patriotism and love for motherland that has been deceitfully usurped and grabbed by intruders. Thanks for sharing.10 points.

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