Umthonto we Sizwe! (The Penis of the Nation) ©caward2017

Umthonto we Sizwe!

(The Penis of the Nation)

©caward2017

woke up one day
& there you were
unwelcome irresistible
most upstanding member
of the party
leading the pack twitching
in all your morning glory

Umthonto we Sizwe!

upright in your mission
undeterred by opposition
no means yes
after all & Aids
a shower away from away
& taxi fare home
truth be told
you liked it

Umthonto we Sizwe!

truth be told
you asked for it
begged again & again
elections became erections
so who else could win

Umthonto we Sizwe!

member of your stature
must have a choice of meat
avoid rape charges
marry the whole menu
& keep adding to it
keep adding to the venue
till it equals your size
with space for the odd curry pie
from Mumbai
specially flown in

Umthonto we Sizwe

now the party’s over
you were its life & soul
the only one with balls
till they swallowed you whole

Umthonto we Sizwe

you will rise again
gatecrashing your calling
take yourself in hand
pull yourself towards yourself
show them who’s the man
keep doing what you do best:
fuck the rest
look straight ahead
there’s an asshole behind you

Umthonto we Sizwe!
©caward2017

 

Editorial Note: Claire-ann Ward is a Poet who lives in Lavendar Hill, Retreat Cape Town.