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“ Nothing is straight today anymore “
he says sucking yoghurt through a plastic straw
“Horseflies and goats move past this window frame
and I don’t even know who owns all this sugarcane.”
Guru Patel negotiates uneven floor
Tears up landscapes says,
“I can no longer draw.
No lead in my pencil.
The light is too harsh.
My fingers are shaking
like a lawyers moustache”
Ladders and snakes soften lines,
He checks his arms,
Then steps outside beneath sweating palms,
Throwing shadows across whitewashed walls,
Where mynah birds imitate telephone calls.
The edges are blurred like never before.
He complains of his health
holds head feeling sore.
From a Tongaat sugar estate housing road,
He cycles to the wreckage of Mahatmas abode.
Guru Patel says he knew Gandhi well:
“Satyagraha is a word those Zulus can’t spell .
Nothing is left today anymore” he says
sucking typewriter through a plastic straw
Ladders and snakes soften lines
He checks his arms
Then steps outside beneath sweating palms
Throwing shadows across whitewashed walls
Where Mynah birds imitate telephone calls


from Bigger Than Jesus. (Beachbomb), released November 11, 1989


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Warrick Sony is a South African composer, producer, musician and sound designer.
He is the founder and sole permanent member of the Kalahari Surfers. They made politically radical satirical music in 1980s South Africa.

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