Mzansi Afrika

From Johannesburg South Africa, a window on the world

Sunday, April 25, 2004

OTHER THINGS

I liked this small, simple comment on the human condition.

OTHER THINGS

‘There are other things than love
going on in the world!’
That’s what my friends
and even my son tell me.

‘Yes, there are,’ I answer.
‘There are wars and crimes,
and floods and fires.
There are healthy businesses,
and hunger that kills.
There are millionaire traders,
and jobless by the million.
Then there are the disappointed,
the sceptical and the militants.
Those who are suspected
and those who are detained.’

‘So watch the news and look out,’
they reiterate impatiently.

‘No, who’s gonna talk about love
if we’re all watching the news?
I answer.

BY FARIDA MIHOUB