Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 26,948 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

When The Calendar Turns To The Next Day - Poem by Gert Strydom

(in answer to Ernst van Heerden)

When at night the calendar
does turn to the next day
then there are robbers that sneak nearer,

another farmer-family are being murdered,
another expensive German car
is forced from the road,

pistols and machineguns are aimed at the owner,
another family is being robbed in a suburb,
the husband is tortured to death and beheaded,

the daughters and the wife are being raped,
are left in their blood
and a secret war without compassion is being waged

but when any criminal is being arrested
the shooting command is never given,
nobody are rightfully hanged on the gallows

and after a short visit to a holiday cell,
the criminals
are once again being set free.

[Reference: "Langs ‘n wêreld" (Next to a world)by Ernst van Heerden.]

© Gert Strydom

Topic(s) of this poem: life and death

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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