Mpho Petrus Manwedi

Barkly West/South Africa
Mpho Petrus Manwedi
Barkly West/South Africa
Saturday, October 7, 2006

You Beast

What kind of a person are you, or may I say animal?
Anyway, will it help even if I knew?
Will it take away this hatred I feel for you?
Will it bring back those loved ones?
You cruelly removed from this world?

You sit there with a face full of scorn
Sorrowful pretence written all over you
Asking amnesty for your grievous deeds
Demanding that I should forgive and forget
As you proudly tell me you did it for your country
While you denied me freedom in my own land

You beast! You ask me to forgive and forget
Let bygones be bygones
Yes, let the past be
Yet you seem to ignore
That even today you live in a mansion built by your past
While I live in a shack molded by your past
And you dare me to forgive and forget

My brothers and sisters are gone today
Some buried in unmarked graves
Some mangled and disabled
With twisted bodies that can no more a day’s work
Still you deny those able bodied people of black color
A chance to earn a decent living
Retrenching them left and right
Telling them to go to Mandela for a job

Forgive and forget, damn you! I hate you
I wish you would suffer the way I did
I wish you would go to the hell I have been through
You must go down on your knees
And thank Mandela for asking for reconciliation
Through respect to that old man I will bow out gracefully
Otherwise? ? ?
Forgive and forget Madoda!
Mpho Petrus Manwedi
Dee Daffodil 30 October 2006
Mpho...Very strong poem. You've written this brilliantly. You showed great courage to speak your mind in such an open fashion. Great courage indeed, and you are to be commended for that, I can not wave a magic wand and right the evils of the past...I wish I could. I wish that I could take away your heartache for your loss...but I can't. I hope that this experience has strengthened you. In the end...remember Mandela's words. Hugs, Dee
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