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Julius Malema: Poetry by Abigail George

Original image: Wapster via Flickr (Modified)
Original image: Wapster via Flickr (Modified)


I am left in the thickening of the media
with Julius Malema’s teeth.
Was he ever barefoot or insecure?
Was the sun ever in his eyes?
Will he have spotted hands and wrinkled feet
as an old man this politician,
this sunshine politician? Do you
remember pools of blood? The hush
behind closed doors. Hands beating,
beating an afterthought. Feet stomping,
stomping in the aftermath of
the corrupt. Sickly throat, sickly smile.
How composed we were behind
windows left ajar. It comes with
fire at the end of the dusty road
that all the born frees are travelling upon.
All I want to say is this. That I am no
longer afraid that the world is no longer
too dark for my soul. Watch! Healing rain
is falling down. We can’t halt the arrival
of our dreams. He makes a path where
there was no path before. He sees
a desire for progress where there was
none before. The sunshine politician
who hurts no one. There is talk of propaganda.

Propaganda in the media for breakfast,
lunch and supper. He cuts me wide open
like a pomegranate or a watermelon.
His thirst is dry, this young lion. What
kind of bait does he use for his enemies,
dancing with hope this man for every
season? Did the sun ever shine in his
eyes like it shines in the eyes of an oil
king. Is he a shark that glides underwater?
Is he a cold man, ecstasy in his heart?
With a head full of winter? Freedom is
his mother tongue, this golden bear but is it lost in
translation for this generation’s revolution?


Poem: Abigail George
Original image: Wapster via Flickr (Modified)

Abigail George
Abigail George
South African Abigail George is a blogger, essayist, short story writer, screenwriter, novelist, and poet. She briefly studied film in Johannesburg. She has two film projects in development and is the recipient of two grants from the National Arts Council, one from the Centre for the Book and another from ECPACC. Her publishers are Tendai Rinos Mwanaka (Zimbabwe, Mwanaka Media and Publishing or Mmap), Xavier Hennekinne (Australia/New Zealand, Gazebo Books), and Thanos Kalamidas (Finland, Ovi). Her literary representative is Morten Rand. She is a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net nominated, and European Union Poetry Prize longlisted poet. Her poem “The Accident” was Identity Theory's Editor's Choice for Spring. Ink Sweat and Tears chose her poem “When light poured into me at the swimming pool” as a September Pick of the Month, and she recently made the shortlist of the Writing Ukraine Prize 2023. She is a poet/writer who believes in the transformative, restorative and healing powers of words. Her latest book is Letter To Petya Dubarova (Australia/New Zealand, Gazebo Books). Young Galaxies (a poetry book) was released in 2023 from Mmap and a memoir When Bad Mothers Happen is forthcoming. “Clarissa, Hector and Septimus Redefined” was recently published by Novelty Fiction in Kindle format.

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