I died at Marikana

2012-09-01 12:00

I died at Marikana

Even as the coroner’s glazier loosens its caress

surrendering me to Mother Earth’s warm embrace,

I hear and see the monotony

of overall human gluttony,

as Langa and Sharpeville,

Soweto, Bisho and Boipatong commiserate

I died at Marikana

I hear the immune to shock

uttering utter shock

routine pontification

from the mike to the pulpit to the elected;

I see truth gasping in suffocation

amid the pungency of the carcasses

of another commission,

another commemoration

the twin shrouds of my sly interment

I died at Marikana

I marvel at the genius cluelessness of show hosts

all manner of analytical toads

all revelling in toasts of revealing

the psyche of my killers,

of my protectors

of my comrades

of my guild and that other guild

of my leaders;

the psyche of their ignorance

the psyche of corporate national guilt

I died at Marikana

I am truth

I am innocence

I am ordinary

I am honesty

I am ignorance

I am the future

I am leadership

I am the smouldering rainbow pipe dream

I died at Marikana

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