The State Against Mandela and Others

That was me!

And looks around the darkened hall,

the ghost has not remained

back there, the voice

it travels through the wires,


like the years.


And so I cry.

Look! There’s Liliesleaf!

But no one sees.

I was alone


I held my place,

under pictures

on a wall



In the Showroom of Cars

But we have children now so

Our past is no longer ours alone,

And outside, the years float

like God,

A cork in the water, my hate

Dissolves with the anger in my pocket.

Then later, I drive in the car,


The lamp is no longer hidden,


And I kept on waving,

My hand like light,


Like the air.


(based on the story told by Mr Alwinus Ndodiphela Mralasi to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Africa)

Notes from the field (8)- Travel at night

When I was young, sometimes

we rode the trains overnight

to new houses,

loud dreams

riding a rough disjointed shaft,

rumbling deep into the night.


And in the spaces:

towns lit

like strange vessels seen from a distance

sailing some dark and blackened ocean.


Dirty yellow stations,

words behind the shuttered windows

and I

asleep in rough blankets

am carried across the shores of memory

toward the vast and orange expanse

of dawn.


The following is an extract from the Menlo Park Reader:


The bodies of Ms. Horse-Riding Barbie and friend (undressed) were discovered early last night by an unknown third party on the front lawn, a location known by locals as a hot spot and hangout for young miscreants.

It is unclear why Ms. Horse-Riding Barbie and friend (undressed) were out on the front lawn during the course of last night, but P.T.P.I. (Part Time Private Investigator) William “The Wild Bull” La Fontaine, accompanied by Officer Legoman of the MP PD (Menlo Park Police Department) advise that they may have been in the area for nefarious purposes, given the presence of two firearms found at the scene.

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Scene of the gruesome double homicide – photo supplied courtesy of the Menlo Park Reader’s traffic helicopter – “The Eye in the Proverbial Sky”
P.T.P.I. La Fontaine stated that, from initial investigations, it would appear that Ms. Horse-Riding Barbie and friend (undressed) entered into a confrontation with a regular front lawn local, a Ms. Rosie (AKA: The Rose). Further sources indicate that the confrontation escalated into an armed encounter between the parties, given the presence of the two firearms found at the scene. It is assumed that Ms. Rosie (AKA: The Rose) disarmed the two deceased with a technique known as “The Chew“.

P.T.P.I. La Fontaine has indicated, however, that it is unclear why Ms. Horse-Riding Barbie and friend (undressed) were in possession of said firearms, given that neither had opposable thumbs, let alone separate fingers at the time.

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P.T.P.I. La Fontaine and Officer Legoman address the media at the scene of the double murder.
Officer Legoman has declined to comment, save to admit that the alleged killer, Ms. Rosie (AKA The Rose) has been taken into custody and is currently inside, languishing at “The Owner’s” pleasure. Reports suggest that she is unrepentant. Reports further suggest that she refuses to admit any involvement in the crime and has stated that she will not plea in the matter.

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Ms. Rose (AKA The Rose) (AKA The Accused) is unrepentant.
Another regular front lawn local, a Ms. Ruthyputhy  (Name changed to protect identity) and known companion to Ms. Rosie (AKA The Rose), has denied any knowledge of the incident, stating simply that she was not there if and when the confrontation turned violent.

Additional reports indicate the presence of a damaged yellow plastic cricket bat in the vicinity of the scene, but the authorities are loath to admit the possible involvement of one Oscar Pistorius, given that his current whereabouts are known to prison officials.

Officer Legoman of the MP PD has; however, asked that should any person or persons have any further information which may lead to the resolution of the matter, they are to please contact him without delay.

Family members and acquaintances of  Ms. Horse-Riding Barbie and friend (undressed) have indicated that the double homicide was to be expected, given that both deceased had been over-nighting close to the front lawn for some time now.

The investigation is continuing.

Report by the Menlo Park Reader.

“Sometimes Afraid” from the Series: “Who we are”


“The voices in my head are shadows, shadows
She comes to me, to tell me what they’re after
Says it ain’t the end boy but you best be careful, careful
Might catch your tail end in a circle, circle”

  • With thanks to Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros (Child)