(written in the Kaapse Afrikaans dialect, available for translation)
This piece of poetry speaks about the invasion of the Coronavirus into the homes of people who are also having to contend with the invasion of crime at the same time. It is based on the experience of living with violence as an everyday reality on the Cape Flats and what this now looks like as the ‘enemy’ changes face with the introduction of COVID-19. It is written in the Kaapse Afrikaans dialect with the intention of speaking in the mother tongue of Coloured people on the Cape Flats.
Breathing in this lifetime- a letter to my little people
This piece of poetry is written in the style of a letter to the poets’ nieces and nephews who are breathing in a world full of disease and inequality. It is a challenge and dare for the younger generation to live radically in the face of suffering.
A milk carton tells time
The poet uses the image of a mother who contends for her children’s survival and ability to live while experiencing poverty and social inequality. The intention of the poet is to create a space to view one mothers struggle in a time where privilege becomes more apparent and her lungs expire in an effort to make ends meet.