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Alphabet

June 22, 2011 Rasel Rana 2 Comments

Preface to Alphabet.

It was May 2008.

I had just finished reading

Louis de Bernières’

Birds without wings

when hate spread her ugly wings,

over Johannesburg.

They called it xenophobia!

Phobia is fear

This was raw idiotic

cannibalistic atavistic animal

hate!

So Louis de Bernières description

or the raw idiotic

cannibalistic atavistic animal

hate

during the Balkan’s wars

provided me with

an adequate Overture

for my operatic Alphabet.

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A is for Alexandra.


Queen of the Jews you were


Alexandra


But that was long time ago.


long,long before The Shoah


Mother of All Russia also


Alexandra


the last tsarina indeed


Rasputin’s lover


whom Russia did not love


and slaughtered.


Queen of the Brits you were


Alexandra


and Lloyd George your minister


watched stiff upper lip


Muslim women crucified


by The Greek


Armenian girls impaled


by the Kurds


The Ottoman becoming a Turk


and turning savage


against long time friends and neighbours


Armenian Jew or Greek


A is for Alexandra


B for beating bashing burning


in Alexandra


township of Egoli


city of gold they also call


Ndongazi ya Duma.


B is for butchering


those they call kwere kwere


the heimatlos


those they can’t understand


or won’t


those who have nowhere to go


those children of Africa


they should call brothers!


B is for History The Bitch


the greatest bitch of all


which can not stop to


repeat itself.


So then


A is for Alexandra


Atrocities


Amen says The Politician


B for History


The Great Bitch and Butcher


C for Cato Manor


second time around you bitch


C for corruption


in the City of gold


D for …


Dammit!


Dammit, can’t we stop


reciting an alphabet of Hate


when there is one of Harmony?


An alphabet of Harmony, yes,


where


A is for Amour, je t’aime, amigos, amore


B for beauty, birth and brothers


C for charity, children laughing in the sun


and charity


and all the colours from flowers


and the skirts of dancing girls


D for daring to love


….


Can’t we


can’t we asks the poet


can’t we recite


an


alphabet of Harmony?


But, you know, he is just a poet


isn’t it


but he is


JUST A DREAMER


Hell


you wont’ stop me dreaming


Alexandra


African sister of mine


With the kind permission of the author Jean Cornet aka J.M. Spitaels


from the book:


Dust on the Road / POUSSIERES SUR LA ROUTE
Poems in English and French, drawings by Jean Cornet
Poets Printery South Africa July 2011 ISBN -978-0-620-50582-6
Jean Cornet aka J.M. Spitaels, born 1939, hails from DRC.




Has written 3 books in French. First poem published, when a teenager, in l’Essor du Congo , daily for which his mother was a chronicler.
As a medical doctor, practiced in Congo (1964-1969) then lectured at Durban ’s medical school S. A. (1969-1995).
His poetry, now in English and French, throws a disillusioned glance at today’s world without ignoring its fragile beauty.



2 comments:

  1. Michèle & Léon Steenackers25 June 2011 at 07:55

    Très beau. Nous ignorions les talents d'un ancien membre de notre chorale.
    L'avons envoyé à Daniel Blondy.

    Amitiés,
    M & L

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  2. quelle bonne surprise!
    Merci commentaire très très Apprécié!
    J.M.

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