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Tropical Scars: Page 9 of 19

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Waiting For The First Sighting Of Ramadaan Moon

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Ramadaan moon
                     not yet a sickle
valley awaits
                 voice from the alley
believers converge
eyes stalking at clouds

Ramadaan moon
                     not yet a sickle
frail bow
chord a-quiver
                   lovers at-a-whisper
hot winter's spoon
clouds seem to be pouring
Umgeni* valley's slag
thick printer's ink
the soot of Umgeni Iron Works
as the megaphones stall
on this liquid afternoon

Ramadaan moon
                     not yet a sickle
passions aroused
heat but not yet
knives and assegais happen much later.

Stillness in this liquid afternoon
as you strut through the streets
child of a playful class
magnetic eyes
clad in floral skirts
out of place
in the weeks of knife and the match
that were to follow
staring upwards
nothing
printer's ink
the soot of the Umgeni Iron Works
this liquid afternoon.

THERE:
a crack
the voice from the valley
Ramadaan
moon
a sickle
and a small harvest of stars
your eyes of magnet
you've done it again.

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Destined to be an important contribution to progressive writing in S.A. - Frank Meintjies