french conference in the drc - Jabulani Mzinyathi

laugh your lungs out
but that is where we are
not a fatalistic acceptance
a backhander from reality

then it got into the marrow
this poem is part of the evidence
dreaming no longer in my mother tongue
perhaps now a cultural bat

still in the spider's web
the entanglement gets deeper
now that was total surrender
celebrating growth of the french language

against the backdrop of abject poverty
in the background foreign gunfire
a french conference in the jungles of africa
this is an avalanche of questions

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