Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Woman Called Somalia by Mgcini Nyoni

Image -

The vultures are circling
we won’t last another week.
They know it
But we might:
sell your extra handbags
food for a year
get rid of your cosmetics bag
food for another year
The contents
of your rubbish bin
will last us a month
You don’t have to
but we are begging you to.
The vultures are circling
angling for my
emaciated child
We won’t last another week
unless you sell one wheel
of your Hummer
and feed us for two years:
You don’t have to
but you can;
sell one of your yachts
and feed us for five years
We are not your responsibility
we know
But you can
stop the vultures circling
by not buying the
thousand dollar shoe
or going on that expensive holiday.
We don’t mean to impose
but you can stop
the circling vultures.

No comments: