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Ruben se Gedigte


    As jy maar net weet
    vir die wat nie wil weet.
    As ek maar net weet,
    hoekom was ek ge-ênt.
     
    Die drie ênte op my linker bo-arm.
    Die drie ênte op alle swart linker bo-arms.
     
    Een van die witman se navorsing metodes,
    om leed aan ons mense te doen.
     
    Wel nie bevestig maar ‘n moontlike.
    Die ênt op my linker bo-arm.
    Verhoed dat ek nie groot groei.
    Blinkers om my oë rondloop.
    Ek sien net die witman as my baas.
    Ek moet nie vêr vorder op skool.
    Nog ander moontlikhede,
    om my te benadeel.
     
    Nou waarom was ek ge-ênt?
    Die drie merke op my linker bo-arm,
    dra al die getuienisse.
    Weereens hoekom was ek ge-ênt?
     
    Jy wat weet kom sê vir my,
    hoekom was ek ge-ênt.
     
    Groete ênteling.
    O’ nee kleurling
    klink ’n bietjie beter.

    name me the swaartgevaar*
    name me the communist
    name me the terrorist
    name me what you will white man
    just remember I am the spirit
    that haunts the souls of
    millions,
    and brands reddens your white skin
    like a turkey.
    touch me
    or attack me
    but change you will white man
    perhaps just longer and redder
    than a turkey.

    * swart gevaar: the ‘black peril’

     

    (Translation kindly provided by Leigh Thorsen)