Gert Strydom
Johannesburg, South Africa

One Evening I See A Thing

One evening
I see a thing
that let’s my blood boil,
while I watch the news
on the television set.

I know a bold man
without hair
that stands before a big crowd,
his country, the world
and the God of gods
and lays his hand
on the holy black book
and lies a promise down and gives a solemn oath
to be true to his country and fellow man.

His government drove me to Angola
and back again
and all of the oppressed
really did have to get freedom,
but where did he stay
his brother’s keeper?

Now it seems
that he really doesn’t have a clue
about how a white man
with a degree and lots of experience
has difficulty
to find a permanent job at forty five
and to put food on the table
and all of government
falls apart
through people that have no clue
how to do their work.

Thousands of rands of tax
are subtracted from my contract work
and tax pays
his fat pension.

I want to blister
like a hot potato,
because he has the impudence
to say something about affirmative action
and I pray for him
and ask God to change him
and for him to be blessed,
as it is the way
that my mother taught me
to do to my enemies.

My contract is finished
and I have to find another job
and from that,
he stands totally free.
Thursday, July 16, 2009

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