#BOOKSNOTBULLETS: SO SHORT A LETTER – A POEM BY KGOTHATSO MADITSE

So Short A Letter
by Kgothatso Maditse
Facebook: Kgothatso Maditse
Twitter: @Kg_ship

thmb_So Short A Letter by Kgothatso Maditse

We are bringing you the remains of your promises
Buried in the same graves as our hopes and futures
We have exhumed them to pay our everlasting respect
Mass séances we hide under protests
Tombstones erected in our hearts bleed
“Here lies the Freedom Charter” they read
We’ve tattooed our tears on placards
Carried on generations’ expectations we call our arms
We mean no harm
We are not Boko Haram
We have brought to you
21 years times 200 to the unknownth power
Of lost boys and girls whose lives you use are your armour
Blinded by the hologram of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
Muffled by respect, trust and fear
Drugged and hypnotized by papsak called loyalty
Hidden in the murky forests of apartheid’s loins
Faces stained by whiteness having come
Married off to poverty and destitute
Bride price negotiated by long lost aunts and uncles of our family ANC
Drunk off the sweet valamlomu of power
50 years distilled, 25 years matured
We are bringing you the remains of your promises
Hope is a luxury we can no longer afford
The tax is too high, return too short
Our future cannot be darker than our skin tone
We have jumped over race and class borders
To bring you to order
We have brought you the remains of your promises
And lies
To perform our final resurrection rights

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