Bravely gunning down Marikana miners

Posted: September 4, 2012 in urban poems

At dversepoets on Saturday Stu McPherson challenged us to become rebellious poets. My offering is late, but I bring it to Tuesday’s PubPoets session. I was deeply impacted by the event of the poem and the brutality of it demanded (for me) a simple stripped-back poem to capture this particular rebellion.

When you have an automatic rifle you are brave.
When you have body armour you are brave.
When you have a helmet you are brave.
When you stand in line with the others you are brave.
When you all take aim you are brave.
When the black South African miner stands before you with a wooden club you are brave.

Your bravery sweeps him away.

  1. brian miller says:

    crap…are you brave when you follow orders blindly?

  2. brian miller says:

    ask the hard questions…question everything…

    • welshstream says:

      Not quite sure where your comment are coming from Brian …. but the point of the poem is to castigate those ‘brave’ men, not hold them up. I dobn’t know if you’ve seen the subsequent stories about the SA police ‘gun club’ .. chilling stuff and makes you wonder if that country has ever moved on

  3. brian miller says:

    ah my intent is not to hold them up either…i really like what you wrote here…and was responding in kind….to face down someone with the arsenal that is severely unarmed in comparison…could not find the article even when googled so send it on if you find it…

    my first comment i was thinking more of soldiers sent in to quell the locals…and just now i caught marikana in the title and found the article…which is not far off from my initial thought…wow what bloodshed…ugh…

  4. Sabio Lantz says:

    “Brave” gets the brave knocked out of it. As it should.

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