Mzansi’s Red Earth
after Mar Português by Fernando Pessoa (trans-inspiration exercise)
O red soil, how much of your colour
is the blood of slain sons?
How much of your sand, is the bones
of our forgotten fathers, who died alone?
How many mothers, waited at empty coffins
for you, Mzansi, to be free?
Were their lives worth it? We do not know
Our souls hang heavy in their silence
by Toni Stuart
(Translators in Schools, February 2015)