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daydreaming in darkness

by Tawona Sithole

 

'Fear' by Tarneem Al Mousawi

‘Fear’ by Tarneem Al Mousawi

 

who shouted daybreak
in the middle of the night
that was just me
daydreaming in darkness
but when i’m awake
i see shadows of silhouettes
training for preoccupation
it was not real work
and it was not really working
yet words so convincing
looks so convincing
if seeing is believing
then i disagree with my eyes

 
who shouted liberty
in the middle of oppression
that was just me
again
daydreaming in darkness
but when i’m awake
i see mixed messages
from the mixed-up messenger
and speeches lengthening
and lessons lessening
yet words so convincing
looks so convincing
if seeing is believing
then i disagree with my eyes

 
who shouted unity
in the middle of a divide
that was just me
once again
daydreaming in darkness
but when i’m awake
i see division and inequality
the mathematics of reality
even in another time
averages would be mean
yet words so convincing
looks so convincing
if seeing is believing
then i disagree with my eyes

 
who called for celebration
in the middle of misery
that was just me
yet again
daydreaming in darkness
but when i’m awake
i see nothing
nothing but things hot off the press
that make the blood run cold
i see ignorance sitting pretty
and wisdom sitting lonely
yet words so convincing
looks so convincing
if seeing is believing
then i disagree with my eyes

 
 
 
 
 
 

Tawona Sithole is a poet, playwright and honourary research fellow at the Translating Cultures Hub at the University of Glasgow (part of the large AHRC funded project ‘Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State’). He has been GRAMNet poet-in-residence since 2011.

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