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I am a white African. Contradiction in terms? I think not. Sometimes my blog will be serious; sometimes sad; sometimes irreverent; sometimes witty; always my truth simply written.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2 Poet Mondo

if our earth explodes
will its fragments disappear
forever lost in darkness


Not sure if I've got this right in respect of the sentiments expressed, but anyone is welcome to add the 2nd stanza for this Mondo in the comments? Details regarding Mondo:

Mondo comes from the Zen practice of rapid question-answer between Master and student. Often the answer would be in nonverbal form such as pointing to a natural object. The poetic tradition of the Mondo is similar in nature, it can be a single line containing statement-response such as "summer sun sets, I am done". Such lines are often found in the Renga. But it can also be a 2 stanza poem written by two authors, one asking and one answering. The answer of course should reflect the spirit of the Zen student taking understanding from nature.

The Mondo is:
1. written by 2 separate poets, one asking, one answering.
2. 2 stanzas of 3 lines each, 19 syllables or less, often 5-7-7, sometime 5-7- 5 is used for each stanza. The first stanza is the question, the 2nd is the response.
3. written in the spirit of Zen, responsive through meditation and observation of natural surroundings.

Cabalistic - Acrostic Dectina

Carve
a sign
before we
all leave this place
lest we be forgot
in the time still to come.
Secrete our rituals in great rock
that all may know we once were here.
Invincible warlocks, hear me now -
Carve a sign before we all leave this place.

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The Acrostic Dectina is a poetry form invented by Philip of Poet Freak.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Truth that shames


i see it now
a cross
silhouetted on a hill

i wonder
if i had been there
would my love

have spoken out
tried to defend
rebuked the crowds

would i
have cowered
invisible in shadows

as they crucified
the one whose example
taught me how to love

how to speak out
how to defend
how to rebuke

weight of Truth
drags on my chin
bows my head

till all i see
is blood in the dust

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Till death do us...

awakening
consciousness filters
through woozy senses—
succumbs to a shroud of
terror that engulfs, consumes,
any semblance of sanity;
as rough wood remains

unmarked by shredding nails
panic scrapes across torrid
vocal chords, unable to even
ripple sound as suffocating
death lurks in rhythmic doef —
doef — doef — of soil slowly
obliterating makeshift coffin
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stolen

six young girls…
breakfast cereal smiles
malleable playdough
trusting in a woman
where did you go?

ring a ring a rosies
a pocket full of posies

six young girls…
lured by a woman
many years ago
drugged and raped
where did you go?

atishoo, atishoo,
all fall down


six young girls…
snatched by a woman
many years ago
did her lover kill you?
we’ll never know.

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This poem is dedicated to the following girls who were abducted in South Africa during the late 1980s.  They have never been found.
Tracy-Lee Scott-Crossley, Fiona Harvey, Joan Horn, Rosa Piel, Odette Boucher, Yolanda Wessels
This has been substantially reworked thanks to the input of my poetry friends (from Facial Expression Poetry Circle) - Luke Rapture Elk, Maggie Garavaglia, Julie Watkins and Beth Winter who helped me improve on my original poem... Thanks guys.  I think it is so much better now.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dawn



beyond white
tinged with grey and pink
rain-washed blue
peeks through

fresh breeze dawn
punctuated by
sporadic bird calls

unwelcome sound
of city traffic
flips my mind

back
back
to a time

of innocence
when chirruping hosts
nested in
bluegums
wattles
acacias

fleeting silence
between darkness
and dawn
alive with joy

tranquil past
rarely revisited

pain of
going there
runs too deep

awakens
longing

feeds
regret
 
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White Dove



The white dove glides above the lawn
a beautiful sight in the early morn;
I watch with envy each move so free
and wish that beautiful dove was me.

Oh, how I wish that I too could fly
up and away in the clear blue sky;
governed by my most basic needs
and free of man’s hates, lusts and greeds.

I’d spread my wings, I’d rise and soar
never to be bound to the earth anymore;
I’d fly with the wind and hide from the rain
and once it was sunny I’d fly on again.

Oh, beautiful white dove, lovely and free,
I’ve wished and wished like you to be;
but no matter how hard I might try
unlike you, white dove, I can't fly.
  
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Vicar’s Wife



Dignified funeral,
a massive affair —
all the church members
dressed in the blackest

black or the darkest grey.
Sombre mood — much as martha,
the vicar’s wife, had exhibited
since the vicar’s passing. Living

in a cottage behind the old mill,
spending her days doing good works,
still receiving parishioners as though
nothing had ever changed.

At the ‘right’ time, the womens
guild moved quietly through the
small home, ooh-ing and aah-ing
about martha’s high standards as they

savoured the smell of furniture polish
that reflected loving care on every surface.
Methodically the ladies sorted martha’s
possessions into piles. Charity, garbage,

martha’s friends, ‘don’t know’, donations.
Within a few hours they arrived in the only
bedroom and boxes slowly filled as the
remnants of a pure life were examined.

susan gibbons gleefully lowered the box
from the back of the top shelf, ‘martha’s toys’
scribbled on the side in bold black ink. She
opened it with a smile of anticipation

before dropping it, squealing in sheer
horror. Or was it delight? annie o’reilly,
spinster, fainted as a massive, rigid,
plastic penis rolled towards her feet.

Soon the entire town knew that whilst martha's
days were spent in service her nights were
spent in self-pleasure. What happened to
her sex toys? The womens guild took them...
 
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fringe Benefits

Titan Tom
did them all
before lunch

the aunt
the half sister
the stepmother
individually and
then as a group

he went home
exhausted

the sight, the smell,
the sound of her
washed over him

how was the shoot?

it was all good
i’m just fucked

can you manage just
once more for me?
breathlessly against his lips

always babe always

Mark, aka Titan Tom,
followed his wife
to their bedroom
where there wasn’t
unrelenting pressure
to perform

where there weren’t
any cameras
or lights
or crew

only
two people
in love

plus a gross or two
of work issued
condoms


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Monday, March 7, 2011

Alice D

Black snake
heaved
breathed
slithered
while he straddled it's
speckled spine. Then,

rearing, it's eyes
blinded his
with piercing noon sunlight.

Tortured metal
screeched
sheered
dismembered
as he drove head-on
into the eighteen wheeler

end of trip
 
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Necklaces

crime begets crime

inhumanity
seethes
towards
hapless
victim

petty theft

begets
stoning
begets
forced
petroleum
ingestion
begets
confinement
within
rubberised
tread
begets
ignition
of flaming
anger
begets
seething
mass
begets
inhumanity
pointing
laughing
dancing
encircling

petty thief
roasted
alive
 
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Born in the Purple


conjugal rights,
the great leveller,
negated when
purple-robed prince
swore allegiance
to his wife
and queen who,
resplendent in the
Robe of Purple Velvet,
forevermore  walks
t
   w
       o
            paces
                 ahead
of him.



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Friday, January 28, 2011

Old African Elephant


vultures
hover
circle
hover

assessing
life span of
breathless
bull elephant
clinging to
tenuous life

release
looms
closer
closer

distressed
hyenas
giggle
nervously

as matriarchal
herds approach,
close ranks,
protectively
shielding
proud old bull

vultures
hover
hyenas
giggle


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Metaphor written, with love and respect, about Dr Nelson Mandela - Madiba - when the media camped outside Milpark Hospital after he was admitted during the week of 28 January 2011.  Viva Madiba Viva.

In African fables the elephant is always the wise chief who impartially settles disputes among the forest creatures....  In the African fables, the elephant is usually described as too kind and noble, so that he feels pity even for a wicked character ...The Ashanti of Ghana relate that an elephant is a human chief from the past. When they find a dead elephant in the forest, they give him a proper chief's burial....
http://www.a-gallery.de/docs/mythology.htm

Hyena giggle:  The giggle is a high pitch, staccato sound that is not communicating a good time. In fact, it is commonly produced by distressed, or submissive, animals in situations where they are both excited and conflicted between approaching and leaving the situation. For example, giggles are made by submissive individuals at a kill waiting their turn while being chased away by higher ranking animals. http://www.acoustics.org/press/155th/theunissen.htm

Thursday, January 27, 2011

brunfelsia pauciflora

stumbling blindly
through a veil of tears
searching for the sunlight of tomorrow -
longing for the darkness of yesterday
and the illusion of warmth
in a cold embrace


brunfelsia pauciflora is the botanical name for the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant


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