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Rebel Song

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give me a pen
so I may sing
that life is not in vain

give me a season
an autumn a spring
to see sky with open eyes
when the peach tree vomits its white plenitude
a tyranny will be brought to earth

let mothers lament;
may breasts become dry
and wombs shrivel
when the scaffold finally weans its own

give me that love
which won’t rot between fingers,
give me a love like this love I must give you,
my dove

grant me a heart
that will pulsate its throb
more strongly than the white thrashing
heart of a terrified dove in the dark
knock louder than bitter bullets

give me a heart
small fountain of blood
to spout blossoms of bliss
for blood is never for naught

I need to die before I’m dead
when my heart is still fertile and red
before I eat the darkened soil of doubt

give me two lips
and bright ink for tongue
to write the earth
one vast love letter
swollen with the milk of mercy

sweeter day by day
spilling all bitterness
burning as summer
burns sweeter

then let it be summer
without blindfolds or ravens
allow the gallows to give the peach tree
its red fruit of satisfaction

and grant me a love song
of doves of atonement
so I may sing my life was not in vain

for as I die
to wide eyes
under sky
my red song will not lie
my red song will never die

 

– Breyten Breytenbach

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30th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1980 Martina Hingis (tennis champion)

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Died:

1955 James Dean (actor)

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On This Day:

1898 City of New York established

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Have a good Saturday, 30th September

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30th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1982 Kieran Culkin (actor)

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Died:

1955 James Dean (actor)

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On This Day:

1960 The Flintstones premiers

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Have a good Friday, 30th September

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23rd August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1946 Keith Moon (rocker and drummer)

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Died:

1305 William Wallace, Scottish patriot, executed

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On This Day:

1821 Mexico declares independence

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Have a good Tuesday, 23rd August

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