Stanzas From District Six (and other places) 

When humans steal humanity

Who does the keeping?

When humans steal hope

Who remains hoping?

When shame and loss intertwine

How do we unwind from the fate?

Is hate the absence of love,

Love the absence of hate?

Are these mutually exclusive

As we yearn to be inclusive?

How do we say we’ve learned from our past

When we still attempt to triumph against

Those different

Or seemingly different

All perception.

Does hate just have a different side?

We say we’ve learned

We say we’ve moved on

Yet our reflection still pierces through the shadow

In the window

On future’s door.


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