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TONGAAT
“ 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

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from Live Bait (concerts etc), released December 12, 1999

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Kalahari Surfers South Africa

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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