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Also just released is the poem ‘Aftermath’ by Andrew Pender-Smith. It is among a number of others to be included in the 2017-2019 syllabus of the Speech and Drama Association of South Africa.
The wind and waves boomed up the lagoon
crashing surf and sand over invisible rocks.
The fish were gone –
flailing fathoms deep
while gutted shells cracked and splintered.
The trees bent violently before being
over the roiling waters
as fishing boats spun and whacked
into brittle shards.
The once brightly painted hulls
were now no more as remnant after
remnant was snatched into the
savage tumult of boom and horrible roar.
Jagged out to sea or shore-bound as lightning
zapped and zithered from rock to black water
and scarred rock again.
When dawn coloured in, the place was almost silent
except for the little sighs of the wavelets,
barely significant in happy low tide.
And also, darting and blithely unconcerned,
lots of tiny fishes
liquid and playfully light
swarming the carcass of a lost-eyed turtle.
Above them was the booted crunch of the
delighted with this series of newsy images.
They’d tell a story in
neatly framed pictures
of what he’d simply title
Note that copyright is held by the author. The poem may be used with acknowledgement.