The following four poems were selected from our "poetry slam" in class tonight to be posted on the blog. Misti's poem was voted most appreciated, while Sammy, Leslie and Alex tied with equal enthusiasm.
How do you explain freedom to someone who has always been free?
How do you describe to someone what it feels like to be dehumanized?
How do you explain what it feels like to be "left cold"?
What is freedom to someone who has known nothing else?
"The Narrative of Table Mountain
"The view from up here is quite amazing
Although it has'nt always been this way,
Colonizing, apartheid, communities blazing
Things i used to see everyday
I am Table Mountain and i remain unaltered,
A symbol to them, humankind, to dine under me as one...black, white, and coloured"
Tangled roots of prejudice, how deep do they reach?
Colonization, deception, oppression, segregation,
Confrontation, expression, aggression, detention,
Conception, termination, ascension, reconciliation.
The heart of civilization, a nation healing itself from within.
The heat reverberates off this dry land,
consuming the hope of the people that once loved this sand.
The southern ocean waves could not quench the thirst of the oppressors,
nor wipe away the tears of the ancestors.
A spirit though broken and displaced cannot die,
for there will be a day again for it to thrive.