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Been There, Said That

Been there, said that
(Crisis, what crisis)

Crisis, what crisis
responds our President Mbeki
our emperor-of-the-moment
quite straight of face

Been there, said that
our frequent flier to other shores,
to advise, to mediate and fix things
or just to say ‘hi Bob’ like he did
recently next-door in Zimbabwe

Crisis, what crisis
you’d recall ‘Job losses not a crisis’,
a ‘challenge’, rather, said he
(without looking over either
of his native shoulders)

There is More to Life

There is more to life
than pudding after
your garlic and beetroot

There is more to life
than the thankless
business of work

(A job, nothing more
than 30 pieces of silver
from 9 to 5 and back)

There is more to life
than the kitchen sink
and its 9 to 5 and more

There is more to life
to the job of a volunteer
and its own reward

Might it not be
the first day
of the rest
of your life

Did he do it

Did he do it
did he take your job,
your woman, your place
under the South African flag

Did he do it, Marco Mambo,
winning the 2 Oceans
he from a land other
than that is supposedly ours

Did he do it
make you want to
chase him away
back to where you
say he came from

Did he do it
make you use that adjective
treat him differently even
intolerantly like he does not belong

What if he were just
another Zimbabwean, Somalian
or whoever you project
your frustrations onto

Do it now (Eskom)

Do it now
no not pay your TV licence
or a bling-bling account
that you have just to impress
yourself and others with

Do it now Eskom
make them pay (more)
for our transgressions
load-shedding and the like
(like gravy-train-bonuses)

Better now says he
our it-was-a-bolt-minister
small “m” minister former
deep thinker and peoples’ person
(viva the working class)

Colour (Me) in Between the Lines

Colour me
in between the lines

Colour me in
between the lines

Colour
me
in between
the lines

Colour
me in
between
the lines

Colour me in between
the lines (you draw)
between us and them
this shade and that
(your view and mine)

Colour me in between
the lines in a colouring book
keeping in between
like you are taught
(honour and obey)

Might It Have Worked

Might it have worked
this National School Pledge

Might it have worked
on the young schoolboys
I physically separated
from each other just
a stone’s throw away
from their primary school

Might it have worked
on these aggressive youngsters
knee-high to a grasshopper
(perhaps too much TV and
cheap sweets and chips)

Might it have worked
should I have asked them
to swear allegiance to all
things respectful and civil
(while they were instead
cursing each other)

Me and Mbeki (come from far)

My mom and I jest
(just the two of us)
at our Police Commissioner
and his rather quaint
turn of (English) phrase

A true confession
from our Police Commissioner
with a straight face no doubt
(the only part straight it seems)

Me and Mbeki come from far
some might want
(as is their wont)
that he’d go far
(and not just load-shed)

Not in life,
(in a career path)
as the idiom implies
but, just, far away

The Possibilities are Endless

The possibilities are endless
with our days dark
and friends fewer
(and shadier too in
these days of BEE)

The possibilities are endless
what with the sheltered life
our Eskom cartel leads
(no marches to their door
no calls for their heads)

The possibilities are endless
with our bureaucrats cosy
talking and planning and
getting nowhere fast
(no easy way out they say)

What did you learn today?

What did you learn today
asks our Education Minister
(who you’d see once a year
at matriculation results’ time)

What did you learn today
is an old question asked
of those who matter
(sometimes rhetorically too)

Those who matter
not just (Minister) Pandor
says she of us all
(we who point fingers)

Not just the teachers
Not just the bureaucrats
and the petty politicians

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