Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dennis Brutus: Letting the facts sing

"Sometimes a mesh of ideas
webs the entranced mind,
the assenting delighted mental eye;
and sometimes the thrust and clash
of forged and metalled words
makes musical clangour in the brain;
and sometimes a nude and simple word
standing unlit or adorned
may plead mutely in cold or dark
for an answering warmth, an enlightening
state the bare fact and let it sing."

Dennis Brutus
from A Simple Lust: Collected Poems of South African Jail & Exile

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