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The RDP Poems: Page 6 of 52

Body: 
Capetown, he says,
looking for a job, you will find him
in Pondoland this Christmas
Now go to Hell.
 
III
 
Spoke to Mattera he said,
let's speak to Mzwakhe
and to Kunene
you heard, we need to do something about Qabula
he has had a stroke. Paralysed.
Holy Cross Hospital. Bitter. Angry.
Nise said, we need to do something about his wife
she is on the brink of dispair.
 
I push the CD inside the machine
and there is Mbuli's voice declaring
peace on KwaZulu Natal; but the real
voice? Vodacom. cell-phones
 
Wlkietalkies- Mzawakhe-man
you have been taking sugar from our tea, man?
 
Redistributing cash from our democratic Banks?
We need cash for Pondoland, man. Could you help
at least for now man? No chance- they froze me up!
 
III
 
Telephone wire.
My words faster than the people cutting it
off the phone-line, copper wire good for trade and craft!
My words make it, survival of the swiftest-
"Hello. uMi,lo?
-Excuse me sir, I do not understand
uMi ,lo?
Your director, uMi, man
You mean Mr Micheal S'dumo Hlatshwayo!
Yebo.
He's busy. Phone again, next week
Can I leave a message?
I am afraid, I do not have a pen handy sir
Fakofu.
 
IV
 
"Hello, ma"
quick word past the copper pliers
uNise, she's there?
No she's gone.
Where?
Dead.
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
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Description: 
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.