Treasure Island

Gert Strydom

(03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

An Abandoned Bundle (in answer to Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali)


In a chilling world
where man is nothing more
than a mere animal
it may be true
that a heartless, girl without conscience

gives birth to a child
between the oozing puss,
smothers him, leaves him
for the dogs to scavenge
and walks away as if innocent
with purity in every pore
etched in to her heart,

that even the baby Jesus Christ, that destiny,
oppression are sited as the root cause
of this revolting deed,
but even animals
fend for their young
offering their own lives
to care and protect

and I wonder what type of beings
live in White City Jabavu
where humanity is totally lacking
or any tendency of love, of decency?

Submitted: Thursday, July 07, 2011
Edited: Thursday, July 07, 2011

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