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South Africa: Toni Stuart


#skeleton found at construction site at our offices! #bones #capetown
#masterorslave? #monkeymaybe #34breestreet

we do not speak of bones
and burial grounds
nor the silence lingering at the edge

our feet hear such melancholy
in the stone. so many tears

run up the length of our spines
but do not reach our hearts
and tongues
so our fingers move without compassion

a single photograph tells the truth:
how this Mother's body is spitting out
the bones we choose to ignore.

when I die
burn my remains
then put me in the ground at Maitland
please, don't leave me here
to be found centuries later and pulled
from rest

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