||David Kapp [ profile ]
Re: [panoramastars] Looking for new submissions
Mar 14th, 2011 - 05:03:59
Aah, "freedom"!! Some folks - out here anyway, down south - wear it on their
sleeves, like they are entitled to something!! Let me, quickly, give you some
"freedom", and then later give you more!!
Thank you for asking!!
Are you free?
Are you free, from hunger?
From the cold?
Are you free, from the looks of others?
Who – still, want to classify you into apartheid’s categories?
In the name of research, on official forms, in triplicate, with a black pen,
with your right hand and not your subversive-left.
Are you free, from the stereotype
people paint you into?
Are you free,
from your own little box
(your little soap box)
in the corner of your mind?
Are you free, from yourself?
penned 29 December 2003, tired, once again, of stereotypes of all types! These
words could have been a response to the irritation at those so-called official
forms one has to fill in – with the excuse that the ‘race’parts are for research
purposes only. I usually draw my own little block on the form, marking it ‘human
being’(quite apart from the other block I draw next to ‘religion’, in which to
tick off ‘atheist’.
This piece could also have been triggered off (or compounded!) by my
exasperating some folk at ‘work’ (at the youth development NGO Resource Action
Group - RAG, and most likely everywhere else!) by signing something with my red
or pink pen instead of with a black or blue pen. I might even have sarcastically
(or subversively) asked whether it was okay to sign with my left hand! Yes, I
suppose us lefties would seem to be strange characters to you and yours!