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Biltong and Bread

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Biltong and Bread

konkas draw a blanket over the flats
but our state live like over fed fat cats
Zuma had another great opinion
now we must dream of a Rand reunion

people crying, life’s an uncertain fate
but they are building another toll gate
Nkandla was built for his many wives
"fire pool" just brings out our angry knives

all the voters wanted; a piece of bread!
now even the family pet is dead
Zuma laughs and hands his dog some biltong
and sings another ushini kill song

we are done with this sick gravy train gang
the day has come for the biltong to hang


Konka : drum with holes for fire keeping warm makes smoke
flats: slang for cape flats…a area people stay
Rand: South African currency
Nkandla: Zuma’s estate “upgrade” used 270 million rand of taxpayer’s money
fire pool: what he called the swimming pool in upgrade scandal
Ushini: machine gun struggle song used to sweep up support
Biltong: luxury food similar to beef jerky..is hung to dry when made
Zuma : corrupt president of South Africa
#zumamustfall


original I wrote

Biltong en Brood

konkas trek n kombers oor die vlaktes
maar die staat luister nie meer na klagtes
Zuma het nou eers weer n opienie,
en nou hou ons vir die Rand ruinie

ons het geen werk en tot ons honde vrek
maar die staat beplan net nog n duur toll hek
Nkandla waar hy sy vroue huisves
maar dit bereik net vuur emmers moles

die kiesers vra net n klien stukkie brood
maar hy se dis n leun die hongersnood!
Zuma lag en gee biltong vir sy hond 
hy smeer botter om die kiesers se mond

ons staan op en sal ons nie weer laat vang
die dag het gekom, dat die biltong sal hang 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 5/3/2017 4:56:00 AM
Thank you for the explanations, James, or else I would have been totally lost! A great sonnet, my friend!
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Just James
Date: 5/5/2017 12:54:00 AM
Thank you "WW" you are too kind!
Date: 4/23/2017 4:22:00 PM
I love it. Hopefully his rule will end soon James.
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Just James
Date: 4/24/2017 1:07:00 AM
Like Archbishop Tutu used to say..."the truth will come out!"