Autumn on an Orange Free State Farm

Autumn on an Orange Free State Farm

A late afternoon breeze shake
the leaves
shape and carve
emotional rivers
that burst their banks
and flood
the crisp air and fields of gold.

Sunset stars sizzle.

Grown-ups long
for long lost love,
for neighbourly smiles;
reminisce
about the good old days
when you could braai outside.

Klipdrift soothes the pain.

Outside the children run
and laugh;
forts and farts,
sticks and stones,
mud cakes,
scarecrow’s broken bones.

The curtains are drawn.

Eyes shut
and dreams that weave
autumn nightmares
about farm murders
in sepia oranges
and shadow browns.

At sunset the daisies smile
under the sky,
black with blood.

Every cloud has a silver lining
shining shame and sorrow
for the children
who stay hungry.

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*Note: More than 4,000 white farmers have been murdered in South Africa since 1994. This excludes the number of victims who survived psychological trauma, rape, and torture.

From Guardian Liberty Voice:

“The daily escalation of murders in and around South Africa has drawn recognition from International groups seeking a solution for this crisis. The term genocide is the deliberate killing of large groups of people of a particular race or ethnic group. The country’s whites are the victims of racial killings spiraling out of control. The pointless and often brutal slayings have no agenda or motive by the attackers and often it is the innocent, elderly, and young who become victims.

Americans against White Genocide in South Africa, a group based in America, with the intention of seeking world attention on the white minority has lodged a claim with the International Criminal Courts in The Hague against genocide of whites. The group has received an acknowledgement receipt of the complaint and now awaits further action.

Their claim of genocide includes the murders of farmers, men women, and children who have been tortured, raped, and then killed. It is estimated that since 1994 over 70,000 whites have been murdered in cruel and often horrifying ways. The murder rate is four times higher than that of the general population.

Statistics reveal that many people are slaughtered without motives. When theft is a motive, the victim will be raped, tortured, and then murdered by the attacker. Attackers use brutal means to torture their victims and will burn them with an iron, pour boiling water or oil on their bodies, and cut their bodies with pangas (machetes) and other dangerous weapons.”

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3 thoughts on “Autumn on an Orange Free State Farm

  1. Unbelievable… One can see the parallel of hate for minorities in North America, but the difference is that we have stricter and/or law enforcement to turn to before anything to the extent you address is reached.
    So much hate, when all people are trying to do it earn a living =(

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    • Thank you for taking the time to comment, Rozalia (is that right?). I feel kind of sick posting something like this because I left a long time ago because I knew that it wouldn’t be a good place to raise children (and for more reasons I won’t go into right now), but the fact remains that nothing is being done to sort this out. On am equally sad note (and I don’t mean to be a downer on your day), hundreds of rapes and murders are committed every day in South Africa. White, black, coloured, children, infants. What a world.

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      • Yes, Rozalia (It’s my middle name, Hungarian).
        It’s devastating that they have no one to turn to, and those they can, can’t or won’t do anything about what’s happening. I think we haven’t heard much of this either, is because it is /white/ people that are the victims. Most would probably say they shouldn’t be in that part of the world to begin with, just as they say there is too much immigration into North America. What they don’t realize though, is that isn’t the issue. It’s people hurting other people. Though it will never stop, everyone needs to do their part in recognizing and not adding to the problem.
        Whether you believe in God, evolution, however humans came to be, you have to wonder why we are all so the same but look so different, and why we only recognize the differences.

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