Do Not Accept

Do not accept life in a changed country
it’s far better to linger in distant days,
to stuck to the old ways

where respect, dignity and integrity
did not blossom from
the barrel of a gun
when there was peace for everyone

and refuse to surrender
to robbers who invade
your home, you privacy,
to hijackers who take your car,
maybe your life,
to alien foreigners
who stream in from all over Africa.

[Reference: Do Not Accept by Yehuda Amichai.]

by Gert Strydom

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