Inhabitants of Jozi *
We sleep to the humming of the mosquitoes in our ears.
Seemingly, strangers in our own beds;
translating their parasitic theft from our bloodstreams to sensible thoughts in our heads.
Reassuring Police sirens calm our raging fears.
The sweet and pacifying lullaby of electric fencing;
tick, tick, ticking in our overwhelmed minds as we wait to see what the sunrise will bring.
The next day rolls over into one long blur of activity
gracefully – as the fluffs of cloud that rise above the day’s troubles.
You are another creature altogether.
The sunrise will keep us mesmerized forever.
© Annalinde Louw 2012
This piece was written on 28 March 2012
(*Jozi – colloquial word for Johannesburg)
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