I have Jumped ship

Oh you country of my ancestors

Home of my fathers, Why have you fallen

deaf to my cry.

 

Letting me swim like an impoverished dog with its ever

salivating tongue, over the dark deep depth of many

waters.

 

Oh you men of my skin, my kinsmen

Wasn’t the honey you bath in meant for all

And yet you swallow it all leaving only the smell

Of your body and we scream thief.

 

And I am left to swim like an impoverished dog with its ever

salivating tongue, over the dark deep depth of many

waters. With the loudest song from the dead.

 

Oh you men of my homeland, fruits of my fathers

How long have you been infected with this insomnia

of self and forgotten ubuntu. You have become diseased

by blindness, for you do not see the lining up to test the

ancestral juice.

 

And I left to swim like an impoverished dog with its ever

salivating tongue, over the dark deep depth of many

waters. With the loudest welcoming song from the dead

 

With the loudest welcoming song from the dead, from the 

darkest furthest distance of the dead. I have jumped ship.

 

© 2012 Anawana Haloba