Shaking the Spear

uMkhonto we Sizwe

The spear of the nation

Widespread consternation

Fear

uMkhonto we uMsholozi

The spear of the president

An artistic precedent

Shock, criticism, condemnation

From one side

 From the other,

Recognition, support, defence

From little known to famous and infamous

One artist, one painting, one exhibition

The talking point of a nation

uMkhonto we uMurray

The spear of an artist

Dividing the nation

Freedom of expression, vulgarity, racism

In the eye of the beholder

Our social conscience pricked

One man, one painting

One man, one spear

Cracks of societal division painted over and stripped bare again

uMkhonto we uMurray

Is this all we have to talk about

© D Cuthbert 2012


Originally Posted at:
http://www.darrellcuthbert.net/writersafari.html


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