To the miners of Anthracite on the boundary of iMfolozi game reserve

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By John Roff

 

To the miners of Anthracite on the boundary of iMfolozi game reserve 

It is not just
that you have fouled the rural beauty of the homes of generations,


It is not just

that you have disturbed the resting place of ancestors whose stories are woven with the land, the place they lived,


It is not just

that you ignore hlonipa, the respect our fathers taught us, 

whose graves you cleave out from the still-warm body of the earth,


It is not just

that land here is drying out before its time, down dark holes that swallow the water cycle,


It is not just

that a thousand growling lorries bury the grass with dust, the grazing for the cattle gone, those cattle who cannot eat your money,


It is that

you have stolen

the blanket of innocence,

the unruffled silence of millennia,

the wilderness inheritance

of every South African

of every African

of every person

even yourselves.


You are stealing silence

from the past, the present, the future,

and we, the people, even yourselves,

we are all crying. 

One Comment

  1. lesley Parolis

    Please leave our Wilderness alone. Once it has been destroyed it can never be revived. Our children deserve to enjoy their wilderness heritage.

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