Turned The World Upright Again

Poem By Louise Tredoux

Rudi went back to the conference,
I read the Sunday Newspaper, saw
all my ideals and dreams go up in
smoke, people hurting each other
hurting themselves more than their
victims; why do people act before
counting the costs? People love so
much, they are love walking on legs
everywhere, but have no insight;

Surprising a loved one MUST be
accompanied by the rational thought
that she might be disloyal and a contain
a plan how to deal with it, the hero must
know this is a test – but no, he prefers
to smash himself afterwards – maybe
it is good he is taken out of the gene
pool – and a clever young woman must
have known that unethical decisions

Is bound to denote a fiend behind the
façade, a rugby hero must have known
that preaching to others will direct their
eyes to his past – so better tell them up-
front before exposure shows things he
tried to hide, he would have been forgiven
everything without need of a lie, but no, he
preferred to call the witness a liar – I was
crying when Rudi got home

Reading bad news like this was too much
for me, my star sign said I should take note
of the lives of my contemporaries, I can’t, it
is killing me, Rudi laughed at my concerns
and asked me whether he or my friends or
my father were guilty of the atrocities I had
read about, I replied of course not, there, you
see, he said, it has nothing to do with you,
and projectiled the newspaper into the bin

Picked me up and if we had not been married,
what we did next would have been sin, but given
that it was Rudi, and we loved while seeking
wisdom - the love that he showed me turned
the world upright again!

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