Welcome to OpenLinkNight folks! This is your opportunity to link 1 poem of your choice as this is no prompt-day. For those who missed the Mr Linky deadline the past week or this Tuesday’s poetics about “Poisonous plants”, this is also your opportunity to share your poem. Also, our Haibun Monday about Handwriting is open the whole week.
Let me share with you two poems by Ingrid Jonker, a South African poet:
Begin summer and the sea
a cracked-open quince
the sky like a child’s
far above the water
Under the umbrellas
like stripy sugarsticks
ants of people
and the gay laugh of the bay
has teeth of gold
Child with the yellow bucket
and the forgotten pigtail
your mouth surely is a little bell
tiny tongue for a clapper
You play in the sun all day
like a ukulele
The child is not dead
The child lifts his fists against his mother
Who shouts Afrika ! shouts the breath
Of freedom and the veld
In the locations of the cordoned heart
The child lifts his fists against his father
in the march of the generations
who shouts Afrika ! shout the breath
of righteousness and blood
in the streets of his embattled pride
The child is not dead not at Langa nor at Nyanga
not at Orlando nor at Sharpeville
nor at the police station at Philippi
where he lies with a bullet through his brain
The child is the dark shadow of the soldiers
on guard with rifles Saracens and batons
the child is present at all assemblies and law-givings
the child peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers
this child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is everywhere
the child grown to a man treks through all Africa
the child grown into a giant journeys through the whole world
Without a pass
Note: The child who was shot dead by soldiers at Nyanga
Nelson Mandela read this poem in the original Afrikaans, during his address at the opening of the first democratic parliament on May 24, 1994.
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See you at the poetry trail. ~Grace~
Welcome to OLN everyone! I will hit the trail in a bit ! Please enjoy some music and drinks !
Hi Grace and dVerse poets around the world! I’m looking forward to reading poems this evening and tomorrow morning. Mine is from a prompt over at Poets United.
Hi Kim! See you at the poetry trail Kim!
Frank Hubeny said:
Thank you for hosting, Grace. I should have one shortly.
Looking forward to it Frank!
Sanaa Rizvi said:
Thank you for hosting us, Grace!❤ I’ll be back in the morning to read and comment 🙂 Happy OLN everyone!❤
Happy OLN to you Sanaa !
Powerful and evocative poems, Grace. Thank you for hosting. Mine is one of memory.
Thanks for joining us Jane ~
Happy OLN everyone and thank you for hosting tonight Grace! I have linked a haibun I posted earlier today and will swing by to read in a moment :o)
See you around the poetry trail ~ Thanks for joining us ~
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
What a great set of poems… just came from a concert and will read when I get home
She is a new poet for me ~ See you at the poetry trail ~
Two seconds of VERY expensive internet time from Ushwia, Argentina (sp?), literally the last town in the word — tomorrow is a sea day and next day we will be in Antarctica!…Saying HELLO to all my dVerse friends…missing you! No time to read…but did connect a prose bit from Recolet Cemetery in Buenos Aires….and amazing place that motivated this rather macabre piece.
Will return full-time in early February. PLEASE excuse me from not reading others’ posts….internet running out and $$$$.
See you soon Lillian ~
Two lovely poems Grace – I was once in the crowd to hear Mandela speak, and it was the most mesmerising occasion: I recalled it as I read the second poem and could just imagine him reading it. Apologies for only being an occasional visitor to the pub – I have been cleaning my boots (see my post!) – possibly too much. Will try to do more writing instead!
That must have been an amazing experience Matthew ~ Thanks for your visit to the pub!
Bekkie Sanchez said:
I wrote a brand new poem for today so I’m linking it. Having a good week finding time to write. I’ll be around to read and comment the rest of the week. Thank you, Grace! Group hug!
Group hug back to you Bekkie !
Jane Dougherty said:
It’s bedtime here already, so I’ll comment tomorrow. Good night 🙂
See you tomorrow Jane!
Jane Dougherty said:
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Sorry I am so late today…out all day. I will try to catch up as much as I can over the next two day. Looking forward to reading some outstanding poems.
Frank J. Tassone said:
Evening, Poets! Thanks, Grace! I’m still coughing, but I remain on my feet! I’ll be all up and down this trail tomorrow, and looking forward to it! 🙂
Good morning everyone! I am slowly making my way down the trail. Thanks for joining in and wishing you all a good day or night!
Touching poems, Grace. Great to be able to link up today as last couple of times the linky had expired.
Have a great weekend 🙂
Have a great weekend too!