Who's Next Poem by Sheryl Deane

Who's Next

Rating: 4.5

Who's Next?

She's blond and blossoming young
She's a black doctor and drives a car
She's someone's mother who works late shift
She's a four year old girl living next door
She's a grandma who has done her time
She's a matric student at school in the locker room
She's pregnant and walking down the street
Who is she?
She's next

The wind blows over a still red sea
The rain falls and the sun shines
The air is hot and it's biting cold
Anytime weather, it doesn't matter
No one hears her last step
No one hears her last breath
Brutally kicked out of her
A silent cry swamped with blood
Broken arms held above her face

On a deserted beach, a ditch, a field or in a fridge
Who is she?
She's next

He's dirty and drunk
A drug addict out on bail
A boyfriend with inflated pride
A greedy white collar boss
A famous celebrity or a soccer coach
He's a man not a boy
He's done it before
But he didn't go to jail
He got let off

South Africa,
Who's next?

Who's Next
Monday, June 5, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: child abuse,women
in response to the Cape Town news in May 2017, of a Stellenbosch student Hannah Cornelius, being abducted, killed and raped by 4 men
Tom Allport 17 June 2017

a powerful poem highlighting the abuse that is still going on to day in our so called civilised world? very well written Sheryl.

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Sheryl Deane 17 June 2017

Thanks Tom

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Laurie Van Der Hart 11 June 2017

Sheryl, thank you for writing this. It is shocking beyond words. You have conveyed the message very effectively with your well-written poem. I was a student at Stellenbosch once... This is extremely sad. Currently I live with my family in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Sheryl Deane 12 June 2017

Thanks for your comment. It was printed on Tuesday in the Cape Times comment section. Alas, there have been at least 3 '' nexts ''since the poem was written.

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Edward Kofi Louis 07 June 2017

The wind blows over a still red sea! ! With Animals behaving better than men on earth! Rape is the case. My peom called, R. A. P. E., also throws light on this message. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Jazib Kamalvi 05 June 2017

Really painful. There is something seriously wrong. Thanks

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Liza Sudina 05 June 2017

Oh! what a sad story! I pray for her and for all abused women now!

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