Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Kliptown Shantytown

by Siphiwe Ka Ngwenya

Kliptown shantytown
dreams silenced
by the morning rain
footsteps of running commuters

kliptown shantytown
the sky loses its brains
in torrents it starts to rain
people use tables as boats

kliptown shantytown
when day is young
women wash clothes down the river
children swim like fish in dirt

kliptown shantytown
frogs croak crickets chirp children snore
and nakedness entangles with passion
till dawn

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