Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Ye African, When ye Pray, Say...


Our Masters
Who Art in Geneva & Elsewhere
Haloed be thy manes
Thy Condoms Come,
Thy will be done in this heart of darkness
As it is within your snow-sniffing skyscrapers
Give us this night
Our AntiRetroviral Therapy
And forgive us our inability to pay
As we forgive those who continue to have sex without condoms.
And lead us not into extinction
But deliver us from ourselves
For thine is the Condom, the Strategy and the Wherewithal
Forever and ever,
Amen.

(c) Omo Alagbede, 2005

7 comments:

Talatu-Carmen said...

A striking image and a striking poem. Have you read the South African poet Kgafela oa Magogodi? He has a book of poetry named Thy Condom Come.

http://www.kgafela.com/profile.html

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

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BOA said...

@talatu
No, I haven't read Kgafela... but I'm aware that my use of the phrase "Thy Condom Come" is not original ;-) I'd read somewhere before that a South African poet had used it as the title of his collection... must have been Kgafela...

thanks for the info... will look the link up...

eshuneutics said...

varara will get us all even if you paid
to get laid.
some say varara ke lekwerekwere
came galloping down
the hillbrow to eat our women. some say
varara is a white man's lie
it comes from the west.
some think it's best to taste the flesh.
some say you must put on the raincoat
cos varara doesn't rain it pours, you see.

Magagodi.

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