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Rustum Kozain

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Dear Comrades

You who once were children, students,
young athletes become the heroes
of we the people warmly teeming
in the joyful new republic of our dreams,
a fulsome, healthy common weal;
you who once yourself were dreaming heroes
in your speechifying or in striking poses
defiant and heroic like Olympic gods
with raised fists over balustrades,
from balconies and stages
overlooking us,
and at the sides of graves
in vigil overlooking our fallen comrades
believing their blood makes fruitful
the earth of what would be that new republic.

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  • <a href="http://kelwynsole.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Kelwyn Sole</a>
    Kelwyn Sole
    October 12th, 2012 @18:30 #
     
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    Love especially the 'wizened walrus lolling in the sun'....

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    October 13th, 2012 @12:37 #
     
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    Yes. Thank you. I liked "loosening forever the belt around your widening girth". Made me think of that line by Finuala Dowling about "hammock-bellied politicians sloping to the buffet table" (I think).

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