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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:11

Some things about this year.

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1

Charity remains the most violent

And lasting

Form of colonialism.

 

2

No gift comes without

A future request.

 

3

When people say, it is

From the Lord, know that

They will be asking something

Of you soon.

 

4

The people that hated Fidel

While he was alive

Will still hate him

When he is dead.

 

5

There will always be

One impimpi

One Judas

One family member

One flesh and blood

Like you

 

6

Newspapers say state capture

Began under Zuma.

History shows state capture

Began in 1652

When van Riebeeck arrived.

It’s also known

As colonialism.

 

7

People are braver in crowds.

At home they can change

The channels

To soap operas

And sport.

 

8

The Nobel Prize for literature

And the literary system

Of awards

And hierarchies

Does not affect

The quality of your writing

Nor the essence of what

You say

Nor is it strictly useful

To your content

Or even your readers'

Lives.

You will miss

The fact of your

Unimportance

Afterwards.

 

Still so many crave for it

And the violent gaze

Of recognition

Subconsciously

Do we want a knighthood

Too?

 

9

For every poem / poetic line

There will be ten

Exaggerated hashtags

 

10

For every original hashtag

There will be one hundred commercial

Adaptations.

 

11

People still think sport

Is the greatest nation builder

In our spectator democracy

Followed of course

By special holidays

 

12

Before the revolution gets underway

The powers that be

Have already changed their outfits

And are leading

The revolution

Against themselves

Staging

A surprisingly peaceful

Takeover.

 

 

13

People do not have fun

In learning.

Things that are not fun

Become violent

Starting with

The heated words

Of our egos

 

14

Learning should be free. 

Data should be free, as it is

Another gateway to the book

Of the world.

Even the instagram pics

Have their own

Reality conveyed

The sharp points

Of captured light

And delineations of form

And the passing colour of

Being alive

Which can’t be summarised

In theses

But are found

With other realisations

The almost mundane

Beautiful insights

In the fourth dimension

Of all things

Suspended in the seemingly

Infinite

Online

 

15

Most importantly, living itself

Should be free 

Followed immediately

By a permanent home

With a name suggesting

We are here to stay        

Living  

And at times  

In love.

 

16

While modern art

Discusses the theory

And pictures are based

On a theory instead of

A theory based

On what is actuality

People take selfies

In varying perspectives

Of the miracle

Of light

Not thinking of the

Overused words

Truth and beauty

Or worse

Immortality.

 

17

Hatred will continue

In new forms

Long after the flashy

Takeover of all old

Ideas

And the rebranding

Of the dictatorship.

 

18

Be here

Look out the window

Everyday

Get out the house

Be on the street

Walk from place to place

An exile from every

Complacent truth

Awareness of your

Loneliness

Has its rewards

When you get back

Eat your phutu and black tea

Use words that describe

This actuality

Rather

Than start using your friends

Euphemisms.

 

19

A house without walls

Poetry

Is still the only place

I can stay in you

And not have to

Pay rent

Or dictate

Our lives

Or be

Dictated too.

 

20

Write about

Things you know

Know about

Things you write.

 

21

 

Language itself never does anything bad

To anyone.

We do it

With our open mouths

 

22

The trends will come and go

But the washing never ends.
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Kyle Allan

Kyle Allan is a 29 year old poet, recording artist and events organiser. He has published a book of poetry, " House without walls" in 2016 and in 2013 released an album titled " Influences". He has organised numerous events including most recently the UHAF ( Underberg Himeville Arts Festival) fest in 2016 in the southern Drakensberg.

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