An Anthem eText - eText

Text of the Poem

(for the ANC and Brandywine Peace
Community)

Our vision is our voice
we cut through the country
where madmen goose step in tune to Guernica.

we are people made o fire
we walk with ceremonial breaths 5
we have condemned talking mouths.

we run without legs
we see without eyes
loud laughter breaks over our heads.

give me courage so I can spread 10
it over my face and mouth.

we are secret rivers
with shaking hips and crests
come awake in our thunder
so that our eyes can see behind trees. 15

for the world is split wide open
and you hide your hands behind your backs
for the world is broken into little pieces
and you beg with tin cups for life.

are we not more than hunger and music? 20
are we not more than harlequins and horns?
are we not more than color and drums?
are we not more than anger and dance?

give me courage so I can spread it
over my face and mouth. 25

we are the shakers
walking from top to bottom in a day
we are like Shango.
involving ourselves in acts
that bring life to the middle 30
of our stomachs

we are coming towards you madmen
shredding your death talk
standing in front with mornings around our
waist
we have inherited our prayers from 35
the rain
our eyes from the children of Soweto.

red rain pours over the land
and our fire mixes with the water.

give me courage so I can spread 40
it over my face and mouth.