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the church and the state
the state and the church
the church of the state
the state of the church…

and there we stood,
all melted down
a puddle of murky goo
poor god
poor people,
what on earth can anyone do?

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a chameleon remains a chameleon
regardless of its colour
though it tries and tries
with all its might
to become like another
we can close our eyes
and clench our teeth
and hold our breath forever
but everybody knows
that culture grows
regardless of the smelly effect
it has on the nose

they speak with forked tongue
cleft of lip
a jump to the right
on a slow sinking ship
it sounds like drunkeness
but is far, far worse,
a snake would be envious
of the hiss of this curse
honey rots
before hitting the floor
no more sweetness is left anymore
bitter tastes on the children’s tongue
but the swines puke on
their bile not yet fully sung
they dance on the graves
of those gone before
they stagger to the trip
it’s the dance of the whore

when bribes are taken
and the righteous are oppressed
when righteousness itself
is discarded like a menstrual rag
when the poor are deprived of justice
and dignity is reduced to a commodity for sale to the highest bidder
it is then that the prudent can say nothing
for the days are indeed numbered

it was when the straight and narrow got wider and wider…

and the sidewalk became mainstream… 

the highway disappeared into a swamp

and the stream trickled to a leak

as they were shouting, go! go! go!

the whole thing just stopped

first thought was to blow it open again

but dynamite never filled a hole

the dream was a good one

or so we had thought

but once we’d put the money down

it wasn’t what we’d bought

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a promise is a promise

a wish we hope is true

but once we make our little cross

there’s nothing we can do

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when the walrus does his little dance

from far it looks like fun

but when the lyrics reach the ear

one only hears umshini wam

*

what it means is just a guess

and what is said is seldom done

but from what we now begin to see

only a few are having fun

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a little boy in old mans clothes

a childhood filled with stress

was it this or something else

that got us in this mess?

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the heart of man is what it is

we carry it together

but when the heart is fully unleashed

there’s nothing one can tether 

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the best made plans of man 

in the tome it is said

cannot be bridled nor controlled

when the heart is dead

*

a democracy of twisted hearts

at breaking point entwined

knotted firmly in hopeless hope

in demand of a better time

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the mouths that once promised peace

a rope of hope, in hope itself

now dangling from the hangman’s pole 

with great dreams left on the shelf

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but still the masses sing the song

and dance until they sweat

but when the dust finally settles down

they’re no more rid of their debt

*

“the time has come!” 

says the walrus song

but before they’d even finished singing

the time had already gone

zuma-putin

…this is the very real danger of “democracy” – we are beguiled into participating in a process which lies to us from beginning to end, and we can never know who is or isn’t telling the truth…

The democratic “system” plays on the vulnerability of the uneducated, the maliciously manipulated masses at the peril of the innocent and vulnerable. It is never a game of righteous governance, but instead, a vicious game of self-serving power lust driven by unbridled greed and avarice.  In present day democracy the masses are deceived into believing that they can individually and therefore collectively choose and thereby make a difference, when in reality they can never even know what or who they are choosing between or what any of the real issues are.
We really do need to wake up and reconsider this extremely seriously and most urgently…

http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2014/09/28/full-record-of-the-spy-tapes-revealed

http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2014/09/26/zuma-took-control-of-r1-trillion-nuclear-deal-with-russia

http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2014/09/28/exposedhow-arms-dealer-thales-bankrolled-zuma

The press has been saturated with the passing of Nelson Mandela.  
Our country is emotionally charged as time and change seems to be pressing on relentlessly.  
People come and people go, it’s the way of the world…

At the official funeral procedings the other day our present democratically elected leader, Jacob Zuma, was boo’d and hissed at as he took the microphone during the official proceedings.
One man departs as a hero, a model of virtue and integrity.
Another man stays behind, but does not follow in these footsteps and he will leave no such heritage.
People come and people go, it’s the way of the world…

For many years now I’ve heard quite a bit about the importance of us needing to “shape the young nation” for the future… to shape and steer this fledgling democracy into a stable and prosperous tomorrow. This has come almost exclusively from the mouths of people who are more or less around my age (50-ish) and older.
It sounds like good wisdom doesn’t it?
Under certain circumstances it most definitely is.

However, the more I speak with the younger generation the more I tend to hear a very different idea rapidly emerging.
They seem to not want our dinosaur opinions nor our advice.
They seem to think that the “wisdom” we feel so honour bound and obliged to pass on to them is endemically defective, that in fact, it has caused all the crap we live with now.
They don’t want or need our racist obsessed issues, nor our anal need to “resolve” the issues of the past.
They just want to get on with a new present.
They have no desire to drag a dead and rotten past into their future.
They seem to be sick and tired of our historically locked crap, and our need to perpetually try justify ourselves.
You know what? I don’t blame them.
In fact, I fully agree with them.
I think they’re 100% right.

“South Africa’s ANC party bans minister from eating treat in front of supporters”

What level of ethic is at wok here?

Are we really meant to swallow (pun intended) this and align to a view that because it is not done in public it is ok? …. and that making an external show of something deals with the root cause of it?

The ANC seems to be running the country (and our lives) according to a mocking satirical lyric line in a funk rock tune written by “The Tower of Power” :

“It’s not the crime,

and it’s not the thought,

It’s not the deed,

It’s if you get caught”

How about considering some possible tabloid Headlines to help place this kind of reasoning into a context that might perhaps encourage us to see this from another angle shall we?

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* “South Africa’s ANC party bans ministers from corruption in front of supporters”

(The country’s ruling party has decided its senior members should enjoy the sweet treat only in private amid fears it could appear elitist.)

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* “South Africa’s ANC party bans ministers from raping and/or committing acts of sexual harassment on women and minors in front of supporters”

(The country’s ruling party has decided its senior members should enjoy the sweet treat only in private amid fears it could appear elitist.)

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* “South Africa’s ANC party bans ministers from “tenderpreneuring” in front of supporters”

(The country’s ruling party has decided its senior members should enjoy the sweet treat only in private amid fears it could appear elitist.)

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* “South Africa’s ANC party bans ministers from stealing and pillaging in front of supporters”

(The country’s ruling party has decided its senior members should enjoy the sweet treat only in private amid fears it could appear elitist.)

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* “South Africa’s ANC party bans ministers from committing acts of sexual harassment on women and minors in front of supporters”

(The country’s ruling party has decided its senior members should enjoy the sweet treat only in private amid fears it could appear elitist.)

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* “South Africa’s ANC party bans ministers from committing acts of immorality in front of supporters”

(The country’s ruling party has decided its senior members should enjoy the sweet treat only in private amid fears it could appear elitist.)

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 So it’s okay to beat your wife just as long as it’s not in front of the children? … and fathers should never do this in front of the children for fear of appearing violent and disrespectful?

God bless Africa, for we surely have no stomach for it.

beaten into fragments

herded into holes

chased into the inside

bending with the folds

 

leave me alone

I raise a stifled shout

I’m lonely and it’s dark

but dark is always better they say

when searching for an arc

 

a silent scream

a swallowed cough

a sneeze that never comes

a vacant breath

a heaving chest

words are never done

 

pressing on into the dark

to the corner of the pen

wanting to be released

but we burrow on again

 

we search for light

but there is none

we gasp again for air

we hold our breath

and take a break

and press on in despair

 

and above

the leaders celebrate

recalling days of old

singing songs

of victories won

the stories often told

 

but will our children have a song

will there be air to breathe

will they be able to walk tall

in the carnage we will leave

 

but still above

the leaders revel

and drink and loose the tongue

recalling days of old

and singing songs

of long past victories won

 

of stories often talked about

which will be told, and told again

to drown the stench

of recent days

and the ways of fallen men