Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

A Visit to South Africa

by Joy Thomas

Dogs barking, alarms ringing,
windows closed, barred against intruders.
Another night in South Africa.

Doors locked, garden fenced,
cars secured, handbags hidden.
Another day in South Africa.

Fear of walking, fear of riding,
fear of theft, fear of rape.
Another week in South Africa.

No freedom, no peace, no security,
no future, no hope, no satisfaction.
Just an existence in South Africa.

Girl thrown over bridge, pensioner raped,
baby burnt in high jacked car.
They call this life in South Africa.

Dawn breaking, birds singing,
vendors at robots selling their wares.
Beggars abound in South Africa.

Sunshine, shanty towns,
wealth, poverty, despair.
It’s all here in South Africa.

Football coming, millions spent,
cracks covered over, politicians bent,
so it is said in South Africa.

Brilliant sunshine, wonderful coastline,
mixed emotions.
As we say goodbye to South Africa.

Added: 25.04.2010

Judges' comments on this poem


So sorry I could not place this excellant poem in my top 4. i wish I could have put 6 through