#BOOKSNOTBULLETS: SHADOWS AND TREASONS A POEM BY ARYAN KAGANOF

SHADOWS AND TREASONS
(a cento for Mphutlane wa Bofelo)
by Aryan Kaganof
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thmb_Shadows & Treason by Aryan Kaganof

On Wednesday 21 October
the sheriff came but the poet
was on leave so instead of fur
niture the poems were attached
they left the
books unopened
so they did not find
the ransom note and
the trickle down never
trickled

On Wednesday 21 October
the wind conspired to carry his
sad poems away beyond the boom
gates that separated his grassroots poems
from his born again cigar chompers

flashback
the poet before
he committed treason
was exhorting his people
to wake up “you are the children
of slaves” (what they did not expect
was they they would become the parents
of slaves too)

fast for
ward

to the end of treason villification
of dissent breeds parrots, either
you are with god or you are a
soft target. then the poet
had to kill his own
poems or
face exe
cution
what
would
you have
done? o worthy
people of Mzansi
what did he do? he chose
treason above money even though
he realised that only money has a voice
or should i say, his poems chose treason for him
and so the people of Mzansi followed the sheriff’s orders
and cut all his tongues out one by one, slowly, left him skinless
freeze frame
with no poems to protect him from the inferno. there was
not even enough of him left over for an identity crisis.
he took it on good faith that his crime was treason.
the choice was very clear. the choice is always
clear in Mzansi. either you have a credit
card or you die
nothing in be
tween.

blackout

the flames licked up
and charred his many
treasons. his blood boiled
his corpse stank to high heaven
we stood around and heaved a great
sigh of relief, without the poet’s treasons
it was so much easier to swallow the lies we
had been fed instead of our promised freedoms
he only spoke to shadows anyway
shadows and
treasons

Aryan Kaganof®
is a project of
African Noise
Foundation,

a South African
film maker, novelist,
poet & fine artist.

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