Tuesday, May 27, 2014

WHERE BLUE SKIES CRY ...

WHERE BLUE SKIES CRY IN THE AFTERNOON
© Jill Townsend

The sun scorches
Where blue skies cry
In the afternoon

The land breathes
In cross-currents of emotions
Collisions of oceans and winds
Reflect the minds and spirit
Of the people

Complexities and contrasts
Flourish and divide
Into pockets of resistance
Spiritually uplifting
Emotionally draining
Ebbing away into vast flatlands

Tall towers mirror
Dark secret places

There is corruption in power
As there is corruption in suffering
Breeding greed, betrayal and guilt.

Today is negated
By tomorrow.
Today is always more important
Than yesterday.

Uniforms and rhetoric
Disguise the soul
Masks fit every face
But never the eyes
- The eyes
   always tell
   another story -
So that every truth
Is also a lie


by kind permission of © Jill Townsend

letter/poem from Jill Townsend:
composed: 10.03.1986
[Carlton Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

Where Blue Skies Cry In The Afternoon was previously published in:

     The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p106, 2006);
     The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (kindle, 2014);
     The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (amazon paperback, p103, 2014).
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (27.05.2014).

* I decided to include this letter/poem from Jill Townsend to me, as it was so incisive and perceptive in capturing the essence of South Africa and its people in the 1985-1987 period.  I was quite determined that The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs would be my last attempt to represent the events in South Africa in poetry; and so I felt that Jill's letter was an essential part of that portrayal of the country, its people, and its turmoil.  It should perhaps rather have been part of my collection A Celebration Of Flames, capturing the events and emotions of the mid 1980's. 

Anyway, Jill's poem also reminded me of Basil Davidson's Report On Southern Africa (1952), which also gave an insight into the people of South Africa, with a profundity that South Africans themselves refuse to see, and are reluctant to appreciate.  The book was obviously banned in South Africa throughout the apartheid era, and Basil himself was considered persona non grata after his visit, and was unfortunately never able to return to the country to give the people of South Africa a valuable insight into themselves, during its many years of turmoil. 

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