The RDP Poems: Page 6 of 52
My words make it, survival of the swiftest-
-Excuse me sir, I do not understand
Your director, uMi, man
You mean Mr Micheal S'dumo Hlatshwayo!
He's busy. Phone again, next week
Can I leave a message?
I am afraid, I do not have a pen handy sir
quick word past the copper pliers
uNise, she's there?
No she's gone.
What dead, are you crazy?
She was on hunger strike and died of complications
What hunger strike? I was with her yesterday!
We were all together, yesterday, sir, but today?
Why didn't she say to me she was on hunger strike?
Oh she left a note with your secretary sir.
Why was it not in the Press?
You tell me sir, you are the intellectual, after all.
From now on, call Ms Sibotho
Portions of this work appeared in New Coin, New Nation and in the case of their musical setting "Times of Deliverance"|"RapCrapDidSo" in the sleeve-notes of "Durban Noiseworks" by Jurgen Brauninger and "Cantata" by Dan Wyman. "Bombing Iraq" has allusions to two tunes by Louis Armstrong and Gilbert and Sullivan.