Margaret Alice Second

Silver Star - 3,310 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

The Crime… [revised] - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

It was alleged the ANC’s shortcomings will prove
the apartheid regime was NOT so evil. – WHAT?
They ignore a fifty year ANC call for negotiation,
crush peaceful demonstrations, shoot women &
children in the back, give Madiba no choice but

To choose self-defence against THEIR oppression
and murder of his people. Apartheid was cause of
ANC military camps; exiled and cited ANC leaders
never learned good governance, had been ousted
forcibly from corridors of power

Current governance mistakes traced to exiled ANC
leaders being already corrupt cannot exonerate an
apartheid state: NO logic redeems an evil regime
CAUSING these problems by violently oppressing
black people first place, who then respond equally

And today’s confused leadership has its root in the
people who were interred on Robben Island never
experiencing good statesmanship. Claiming ANC’s
reaction to oppression shows it’s right to impose
such conditions upon Africans, mind-boggles

An up-front EFFECT of oppression seen to justify
its USE? Wait, it isn’t new, doing bad things unto
others and using their violent, savage reaction to
such subjugation to claim they deserved such
sentencing to punish future Offences -

And in the event the agent provocateur doesn't
even concede the punishment actually is
The Crime…

[24 February 2014]


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Poem inspired by reading 'Long Walk to Freedom' by
Nelson Mandela

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 24, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 27, 2014


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