Photo Source: Desert of the Skeletons:
Poetfeldt and Regions Beyond the Cave of Prolificity (Cave of Dreams)
Africana Poetry Collectanea
30th of May 2016
Andy heard dogs barking, as he walked over big rocks in the middle of a creek. Rocks were many, and Andy was surrounded by mountains of rock, reminding him of Kentucky. Beautiful erosion on these massive sandstone cliffs. He heard singing and drumming. A path ahead of him caught his attention too, and he went that way. Andy noticed a long stick with a white flag half staffed blowing in the wind. Andy received the feeling of admiration but from whom? Ah he was at ease, and looked up and seen a man sitting next to a fire. The man was wrapped in a blanket, and wore a winter hat with a pointy knitted knot on top. Andy felt right away this place was full of spirits. Roosters could be heard too, making him recall biblical films he has seen, and betrayal he has known. Andy loved gaps, and he seen one, and the wall of this caves’ gap was huge and smooth, so he walked that way, and it was beyond magnificent to him. The way through was a pathway of fine sand looking soil. A woman sat on a stone spoke to Andy and said, “This is Motouleng, Grotte, the place that heals, the place where ancestral drums keep beating.” The woman lit up herbs on fire, and raised them up to the spirits. A man next to her spoke and said, “Dreams bring me here, Dreams,” Andy smiled and thought, ‘Many dreams have brought me here too.‘ People were in prayer next to the cave walls. Others were chanting, and beating drums. Many people were there to be healed. Andy heard one person say, “The Ancestors will tell you what to do.” Andy also was very observant and quite, his heart was in full respect. Andy loved the huts and the roofs of them. Singing became louder, and Andy smiled.
Andy walked into a cave to see if there were art on the cave walls, and once inside he heard bats, and he heard voices of ghosts of Boer women and children, and a child ghost said, “We are hiding from British soldiers.” The drums sounded like thunder, and the singing sounded like wind. Andy was in the boundary between the human and the divine. Andy felt in thought, the paradox, ‘Death is not the final horizon, it is the real beginning, because it is where remains are finally absolutely in the hands, and at the mercy of the other.’ Andy felt centuries of rain and wind was going to take him away as all before. He felt and thought, ‘He doesn’t know how he, and Reds great achievements were, and that’s why there was silence on the train. They were at the helm where all great Poets and Prophets helm from, the Realm of Dreams and Memory.’ Andy and Red were tasting the secret. They earned this by the love for humanity, poetry and using the art of listening, and here Andy was at the sacred cave.
Water could be heard now, and Andy loves the sound of water. Water was like poetry, water has to go somewhere, as Bruce Lee taught them. Andy was living outside of time, and this was only the beginning, and this has been underway for quite some time.
Andy heard a Facebook notification, and this woke him up from this sublime dream. He got up fast, not thinking not to, to stay, to stay in the cave, the cave of dreams. Andy looked, and it was Train Marshall Charlie, he has joined the PoetryTrain.com members group on Facebook. This made Andy smile, and to top it all off, it was memorial day. Oh the power of memory Andy thought, and he went back to sleep happy.
A Phantom appeared to Andy in the cave, and spoke, “You are unlike the other historians, they like to look at history as an autopsy, killing it even more, but, you and your friend, bring the past to life. Listen to them talk to you Andy, they feel comfortable with you, because you understand Natures’ sense of justice.”
Andy replies, “We do our best, even if we are Poetry Nomads, and on the run.” Andy then heard that sound like he heard in Utah in Poetry Train America, and it sounded like grasshoppers everywhere. Andy then remembered how dark it got, and it was the opposite, it was already dark, they were in a cave.
The Phantom spoke again, “They laughed at you because they didn’t understand the power of being, the intermediary luxury like you have, that’s why you hesitate when you speak. You are like how I once was, you go into the heart of the things you have created, originated, or what you have brought into being. You have the mark.”
Andy asked without fear, “What is your name?”
The Phantom replied, “Cosa.”
“I know you don’t I?” Andy asked.
“Yes you do, You have written about me in your epic love poems.” Cosa the Phantom replied.
“I should recite the poem to you then.” said Andy.
“Yes, make your mark again, here, make your mark once more.” said Cosa.
The Phantom of Original Innovative Literature
The New Phantom
Came to me, and said
Seeds fall on the
top of snails, and echo
The sound makes pops
It is desire, be in touch
for ample food in
ones stomach, and reply
Overflow by this flood
Poets de blood
Seeds fall more and more
The future the period
Do not look to the past
The road was path-ethic
Shun with a smile
Yes learn then turn
If you want to be read 200 years from now
Boldness, to smash obstacles
Give a fiddle
As Elms trees fall to mulch;
named to honor a new street
Seeds, hear them?
Sounds like a revolution
Said the Phantom
The Phantom I
(Please Create your own Whistle While I Work)
Come out of the shadows` my friends, you are
about to witness the end
Our life-ship has seen there last days
I’m setting you into your maze
We have caused many painful tears; Affairs
of the world interfere;
And vandalized my innocence
Loved ones have built a chain link fence-
to keep from further damages on, and
out of my premises
She loves the old house, my being; but dark-
ness is all I’m seeing
There is a deadline to restore, She wants
me like I was before
Beauty is now my sole province
Clean myself with light, and rinse
Watch me gut myself before you, it’s a
dangerous job to do
A spiritual first aid kit is a
must, to see this job fit
11:27 pm, the dark
starts to speak, and says I’m alone:
I start taking out the windows;
So I can breath free, and rescind
Steal toe boots for this rusty nail infested
world of mine, so dusty and frail
The sound of the pounding hammer-
puts my brain into a slammer
What charms am I going to salvage, from these
broken, and re-glued ravages?
I need an oasis to keep
my sanity in peaceful sleep
I can’t go to sleep with no kiss, prayers
for the foundation of this
These afflictions are mental mold
Toxic addictions worth no gold
Strip myself down to my bare wires, down to
my soul, it burns like fire
Watch me gut myself for outer beauty
I need a crowbar, bit stouter
Relocating washer/dryer hookups
I’ am sure new stains will appear
All of my goals I’ve been after-
are down here right to the rafters
Here love, in my kitchen of ell, gutted
down to my very shell,
My appetite is deep bleeding,
Oh love light, for you, I ‘m pleading
Pound after pound, pound pound pound, keeping
in mind of surround sound
Shackled chandeliers, ceiling joists
Love moist me up to you, I hoist
All by myself so phenomenal, I’m some-
thing after all
Break, to kneel a spiritual
thought, forward back, perpetual
I’m here living, breathing, changing
Watch me gut myself, arranging
Witness me becoming so free,
Free from negative memories
Yes, the new phantom, says to me
‘No one shall bring you to your knees
You’re in the company of light
Shadows fall back into the night’
‘The ones you love dear, hold so near, for your
new light is to appear
Caress it, whisper something love
You are about to rise above’
I hear the music, glass trumpets, pledging
Souldom’ Souldom, Souldom!
Yes, my love dear, I see some light
The colors you picked out are so right
Phantom smiles, says, ‘love the chorus’, ‘me too’,
‘Love what you have wrote us
You’re about to create a web,
That no darkness shall ever ebb’
‘You have been kissed by sweet grace, how does
it feel to with this new place?
You have fired yourself; to now hire
a better you, the in, inspire
I hear them again, glass trumpets, pledging
Souldom’ Souldom, Souldom!
The whispering whistle of wit
Conjuring up spider wire knit
The Phantom says. ‘guests should only be, by your
Because you know how they disown thee
Your Kingdom is one and only’
‘Call out to your Queen, call her out; Shout out
your everlasting shout
You heart is of many great things,
Cherish what the creator brings;
”Phantom, I’m honored by your call; for you
I’d be nothing at all
For you I’ve created a den
There for eternity we’ll spend’
‘Countless times of laughing my friend, singing
songs of methods of mend
I’ve conducted every code
The new power is on my road’
The Phan†om II Octobers‘ Embrace
Outside, aware like a young child, for I
forgot old reality
A mist covers me very close
with its eternal hands of mystery
As I walk admiring forests; shelter
calls me, I must enter-
I hear a whisper that echoes’,
“Welcome, I’ve been waiting here”
This small voice is from my new dreams, as I
approach the den; it seams
what once was known; memories
of me gone as the shade once flowed
The Phantom sits alone, shallow
Only the beat of my heart sounds
Not hollow. I look at it’s face,
it says, ’ remember her embrace’
Her words were peaceful in my ears, Her eyes
were everything so near
A beauty I can not describe
She’s like a music box inside
It’s a song that touches my soul, a song
that I can not let go;
And it cries melodic movements
in memories of our moments
It reels pictures of our kisses, and these
vast scenes touching her lips
The grasping hands upon my face
The song is Octobers’ Embrace
She is all I do remember, why do
I cry deep down inside?
It seeps, feels like a warm ember
A beauty I can not describe
I remember the days in her
illuminations, and the tree
of many souls. I remember,
her farewell to the weeping rose
I bared witness to these chosen, and she
gave me her flesh to kiss
A beauty I can not describe;
And this is love I feel inside
Her voice is honey, my Phantom, her voice
tastes like her poetry
I will take your advice, and vise
I shall hold, and cherish my choice
I feel the vines of light, they wrap, pulling
into infinities drips
My thoughts whisper out romantics;
Our lighter passion in our breaths
Like kisses her hands dripped of light as a
carnival carbons a
childs’ sight, with begotten candy
An eatable toy to enjoy
My beautiful gift I gasp for your lips
Spill all your beauty on my mind
Water my skin from now, kiss me
with beauty I can not describe
The light is slow, its only fast when it
goes away, I ask why
Is this light Gods greatest poem?
And her light on the paper sky
reflects every moment in my mind
of her beauty I can’t describe
This is who, and what I’ve chosen
And here is where my time resides
To whom do I belong Phantom, to whom
Do you remember the faces;
And remember their names: she must
be the one that showed me the way??
Her smile flickers, like slow strobes, she is
addicted to my kiss
“You’re attempting to be her light”
“Yes, it’s something I need to learn”
“I knew of light before I met her, but now
yes now, it’s all I yearn”
“Do you still have the fear of death?
Sometimes, but I think of her words
Her stories, is our privacy, wisdom
passed to me, in promise
I have prayed for such a person
to love me as me, and callus
Do you think of her calluses, her fears,
her pains, her dreams, her trust?
Do you think you have transformed-now?
With out her I wouldn’t know how
‘We have a similar old dream, when we
were young we dreamt the same
I felt it in her words and tongue
Mainly her eyes then it became’
‘I think now it was a warning, a world
that I had to go to
A world so great and forced to face
I have one regret to tell you’
‘It will never happen again, I’ve failed
to recognize; over
looked her spirit calling to me
Did you bring to me my lover?’
‘Not just love for humanity, for me-
Did you single me out for her?
No one has ever clung to me
Phantom, she is my true answer’
The Phan†om III Chasten in Battery~
My cello, I hear you with your bellow-
sweet breeze, kissing my skin
It’s your bellow; and for the light
You are my sweet breeze in this night
Phantom, life feels so beautiful, complete
depth, she is my cello
Rare delicacy durable
I ‘am like her piano -full
of interesting keys to sing, I have
searched so long for this song
It’s again like life creating
Love is made, not in the making
Phantom, the light I created in my
sons, I ask, keep them oiled
When you do take me native,
keep my creations creative
I still have vast wars unsettled, fired on
my heart, and deep mind
I need you to come to battle
Chasten in battery, chattel
I must question the quest of doubt, answer
Doubt, look into my eyes
Why are you lurking here about,
Listen to me, or are you in doubt??
When I hear your voice, I hear hell, be gone
I can’t convey your presence
Tell me something good, come on tell
Listen, my light shadows your spell
To love some times I must distance, just to
let love be the ruling
For my soul truly will advance
Our hearts surely again, shall dance
This lifes jargon jar is now full, disposed
on an art show display
And they are old bandages pulled
Heavy, and sharp, so tightly spooled
We must be like the Angels tend because
like old tradition
They have risen, and not fallen
We shall rise up fast like great men
It is now snowing, war sickles, stabbing
music, with much sustain
Step on light, I ‘am your pedal
For a while I’ll let you meddle
The drummer beating in my chest, is like
great David Lambardo
playing Shalom, his very best
Truly alive is my promise
The Phantom with warning labels, shows me
his weapons, blades of truth
Very much like sharp clean scalpels
We sit at Honesty’s table
We are training for my new start, I’m a
disciple of the watch
Obedience with my new heart
For all of my missing the mark
Pride, the great lurking earth monster, I’ll fight
face to face in the dark
Abundantly I shall smother
Suffocate you like no other
True light shall never be like ash, the word
Pitiful is not deep
There’s no bottom for one to crash
I want to laugh as I mass thrash
Chasten with me in battery, chasten
now, and speak battery
I ‘am now whole, no more scattering
Blood of darkness is splattering
Splattering, splattering, gossip lips are
Chasten with me in battery
Kiss the light; it is flattering!
Fawkin, fawkin, like falcon, I eye
the false intents, so bent
Brawlin, brawlin, come darling
Souldom, Souldom, our Kingdom
I look for these modern Trojan horses,
and the henchmen that ride
New specs in light- is my engine
Endurance insurance, Phantom-
tell me the secrets of water, tell me
the secrets of the dam
Show me the way of the otter
Webbing the way like a trotter-
on the Ivy horse of true light; I’ll ride
the fields of enlightment;
Into the battle field for trite
I shall return, and reunite
“If I could put time in your hands, you would
see that you are times pet
Your mind may truly understand;
And may master yet on command”
“You’ve learned the true definition of what
your soul truly desires
You were born with fullest gumption
A fire with no assumption
My cello, I hear you with your bellow-
sweet breeze, kissing my skin
It’s your bellow; and for the light
You are my sweet breeze in this night
The Phantom IV Cause and Respect
The Phantom poet-geist, an apostle
to the envy ivy of ashes. Read
me by the light, like fire so bright. Words
of their romance that crashes like night
An original man is rare, lust him
with care, for he loves to share, that’s only fair.
Magnify his needs, on the light he feeds,
then you can kill his proceeds. “I’ m a man
of the Midwest, very blest, in wisdom.
The great invisible chest“. Relieving
to be prolific, not the deceiving.
A one, and only in a vast region
“You like touching a little life, don’t ya?”
“Pretty much , feels brittle, but love it all,
I tell ya”. “The Phantom says, ‘I find all
these rumors, much in humor, do not thee?’
‘Phantom, let them speak, they’re only taking
away from there own time, you see’
They spit their mouths, with little terror to me
My lips laugh out, and that’s horror set free
As of now, I can here them yell; tell me
is that a bit of hell? I can not dwell;
or relate to sadness in their short fate.
Madness is not my weight. Gladness I make
I would love to install a big skylight
over this closet drama. From above,
pour vials of light on the garden of lies
Love’s the most plagiarized word in time
But even the word hate, has sweet, sour rhymes
“Oh just pour more light on the garden of lies”
“We actually do hate the pulpit,
don’t we?” “ Only for the artificial
veins of bullshit” “Sure, why not, make them scratch
their gross rubber~ superstitions. Biong! Biong!
It’s funny, and bouncy, tears of laughter
by the ounce. “What are we studying, counts?
No, lets talk about the new vintage fire.
We can’t let them escape what is now prior
Tomorrow, the Miseries of the Dammed
The Phan†om V Movements From The Unseen
(ambient collaboration of unknown origin)
Phaos phaos phanos phaos
Come, words to the wise
Use your spiritual compass
Take my hand and vise
Uno epi the Reich
Come love and lay beside
Show forth, come forth
Sum up the math inside
Count the endless days
I think of you, and twice
Because of dreams’ ways
There I’ am hot in ice
Your presence, a gift
Touch me, touch my life
You are a divine gift
Take my hand before life
My Phantom who are they?
Do they live in invisible glass?
Can they see me everyday?
Do they use the staring-glass?
My Phantom I have to ask
Do they talk to you, but you pass
When will they scribe out a task
Just me, so knowledge is past
Walking are you, not,
you are crawling on cosmic waves.
Talking thunder, yes,
you are facing numbered days
You can say I’m a big baby
when she reads to me, new ones
I ask, she says ‘maybe’
Her verse, really does make me think
I sure do go crazy
over her words in ink
I hear you say, for me to sing
Phaos phaos phanos phaos
Come, words to the wise
Use your spiritual compass
Take my hand and vise
The Phan†om VI She is the Spring Horizon
An earth shaking break through
Much justice and joy in what I do
I pay my tuition for my intuition
I can easily reach, and remove the leech
I am waiting for the critical moment to move
I find the cobra playful joy to me, the mongoose
I am fortunate to have you my Phantom burst
As in Shelly’s final couplet in his royal verse
Anger, and hatred is something I refuse
She, my foreign country I find my refuge
I was made for love, and leaves can’t hide the light
And no where is just a leap year, an extra night
There is a contrast between poetry and war
The erosion of empathy on sensitivity’s shore
You can not understand if you do not try
I’m about to live while you follow and die
I did not build the bridge of difference
I sit upon the ridge of faith in balance
I hold the powerful gun of apologize
It is not cocked and loaded for your eyes
I wrote this for the combatants in conflict
I study a better life through faith, and lit
I focus on you, the breathing reader
The spiritual realm is also a bleeder
Kiss God For Me
His reflection is stain’d on your finger nails.
Burn’d there by the passion of your eyes.
Shh, the Angels whisper secret things,
And kiss God for me, for a surprise.
His addiction is nam’d on your frolic heart.
Sitting there is a memory from your lips.
Yes, the Angels recall spoken words,
And kiss God from me, as truth worships.
The shadow that hides your intentions
has fail’d; drawn weak and dismay’d.
Shh, the light celebrates the truth,
And the kisses on Gods face are paid.
The answers are clear to those betray’d hearts.
The rushing rain cleans the mud so divine.
The Angels are more wick’d than the wick’d,
And kissing God replenishes our time.
In the realm of Angels time is like Valentines
And pink is the color of their eyes, and the vines
they are clothed in, whisper melodic rhymes
Because God is a lover thyself, a lover’s mind
For she, my love is a horizon to the eye
Where the land meets the eternal sky
Charging me like a saint fire, burning high
For the voice of the poet, and his love in rite
The Phan†om VII 24 Carat Sarcasm
We took a cloverish journey
To have fun, and do some learning
Since I am Irish
And love gibberish
Able, the tables turning
There’s a place with curves and islands
The City is never silenced
Won’t you come to Limerick
And play games folkloric
She walks in beauty said Lord Byron
There once was some poets from the net
That would attempt a challenge and bet
They said it was for fun
To inspire and run ones gums
But I have not read one praised high yet
There is a young poet named Spendo
Whose speed was much fast and crescendo
He departed one day
In a relative way
And returned to his hearts defendo
You can hear his cosmic trigger
blasting through nights barrel, bigger
A cento will go far
yes she’s his brightest star
‘Come here’ said his index finger
I bought everyone a round of beer
Because I know they all so damm fear
I even bought them two
so their night won’t go blue
A little love and thanks giving cheer
Spendo the poet took a pen
And broke some rules, and he just grinned
And rocking chastuska
Prosperity came and spent
The Phantom is a spiritual whiz
And said, ‘Put your pen where your paper is”
‘Travel a little time
Truly never un-wind’
‘You’ll may not know when there’ll be a pop quiz’
‘Spendo now you are going to Japan
And spend some time with Basho the man
You’ll taste some sweet hokku
And bathe in lilly woo
The old pond, in the dangerous land’
‘I guess I’ll meet you in the spirit world’
‘That one that you’ve been talking about girl’
The Phantom just smiled,
‘Awe, your sweet Churchild’
They went up the spiral, and down the curl
And met the big wise ol hole named Black
that plays cosmic strings behind your back
He’s like to create
And loves to rotate
He was an enigma maniac
Andy recited the poem series and awoke, and he thought of Train Marshall Charlie, he got up quickly and checked the group and the dream was real, Andy was sleep walking in the land of healing.
Red was sleeping, and when Red was a boy his mother read to him the story ‘How the Elephant got his Trunk’ by Rudyard Kipling, and many others, and her reading was poetry to his ears. His vocabulary of animals, their imagery impacted his heart, and the events about to take place in his dream he was dreaming now, was going to devastate him. Red loved animals. The Pula, their name for rain in Botswana was separating with the thunder clouds, but Red could see they were falling down far away. The ground shook behind Red, and a cold breeze blew around his body. He turned around and there was a giant cloud of ice that crashed to the ground. This was a hailstorm like no other. ‘What new beginning was generating?’ Red thought. The Limpopo River was flowing with super power, the waters were fast, reaching high and were dangerous, and Red noticed people swimming for their lives. Red walked to the river to help and the banks of the river were steep and slippery. Red heard a man yelling to the east. He looked, and there were men, and it seemed their wagon was stuck in mud. Their Oxen were half way buried deep in it. Red made his way to them, and an odd looking man with an appearance that was magnificent was saying, “Myfooty, Slangfeldt, wo ha, you Vhitfoot, you duivel, lets move.” His hair was curly, dark and long. He wore a hat with a feather, and he carried guns. The man yelled at a trader who was marching a herd of cows to assist them out of the mud. This odd man was the hunter Roualeyn Gordon Cumming, and he finally spotted Red, and called out to Red to help them. Red got there, and seen that the Oxen were in a hole.
Roualeyn snickered and said, “What, haven’t you seen a hole excavated by an Elephant before? That’s how they drink. They have water now, and it hasn’t rained in months” Roualeyn gave Red a double look and said, “You are no native.”
Red laughed inside and thought, Hmm, he doesn’t know my name.
Roualeyns’ assistants named Murphy and Mhyner Stinkum were too in awe of Red, but Mhyner spoke right away, “Klow” and pointed to his eyes.
This, Red guessed was for them all to follow him. They followed Mhyner Stinkum for about ten yards, and Roualeyn let out an un-earthly yell. Everyone looked behind them, and a herd of Elephants were running at them. Cumming opening confessed as they ran as fast as they could to the wooded area behind them by the river, “Instead of me being a man of fourteen stone weight, nature had formed me of the most Lilliputian dimensions.”
They all ran through an area of wait-a-bit thorns, and this was to hope the Elephants did not follow them through this part of the land. They got about thirty yards and did not hear the Elephants follow. They all stopped, and reached for their rifles, and snapped ten to twenty rounds into the Elephants shoulders. Roualeyn yelled “Aim for the heart.” They all did, and every Elephant cried out as they fell to the ground dead. Roualeyn reached for his canteen, and everyone else did the same, and they drank. Red did not have one. Murphy gave Red some water, and Roualeyn said, “ Murphy is the most kind hearted person that breathes.”
Red felt a disgust, and he couldn’t stop looking at the Elephants. ‘Bad omens were going to fall upon these men,’ Red thought, and hopefully not he.
A secretary bird walked by walking all crazy, and Red laughed. Roualeyn spoke as they walked by the river, “Let us camp here,” and he ordered some natives that came back from scouting more animals to butcher, to get the heads of the Elephants and their 100 lb tusks, and this made Red angry.
“Sea cows, river horses, the hippopotamuses maybe something else to worry about, but we will set up here for the night,” said Roualeyn. He looked at Red, and said, “Make your self useful, like catch us some salmon. Did you attend one of those Andries Pretorius mind slaughters?” Roualeyn reached into a pouch and spoke again, “Do you have any cotton? Do you have a tonteldoos, you look puzzled, it’s a tenderbox to build a fire.”
A male ostrich made further up the river bank, and alerted all the other animals of danger.
Red spoke, Yes they are warning of us of the hycome days.
Roualeyn replied “You mean the bygone days.”
No, said Red.
Mhyner Stinkum looked at Red and said, “He acts like the foam of the sea.”
Roualeyn replied, “Well he is not a Abelungu.” and that meant a Whitie. “They are coming to get you like they did Solomon T. Plaatje.” Roualeyn reached in a bag and said “I ‘am a Berg Scot, let me brim your glass, Lets toast to the English the Conquers,” and he laughed. “Who are you?”
Red replied “Poetry.”
Roualeyn laughed and said, “Poetry, I have never been jolly well licked by poetry?”
Murphy brought them their horses, and said, “They are saddled and ready for the mornings bright star.”
I ‘am no hunter and want no part of it, said Red, It was nice to meet you but I must be going. Red walked away and he came to an open prairie, and he walked on and skulls of animals were everywhere, animals of all kinds. This dream was to dark for Red, but he thought and asks, ‘Are we forgiven for thinking you’ve traveled back in time when they travel here.’ Red found a village and went there. Children came up to him, smiling and singing. This made Red happy and he asked if they taught Poetry in their school, and they replied, yes, so this made Red even happier. Red was suddenly transported into an alternative universe. He was in a garden and a dog was on a roof top barking at him.
Roualeyn spoke, “You need to get up off of that cardell, you will rot on that cot. Where did you get a golden Puma from?”
Red was in awe, how did he get back to camp with them? Red awoke from this scary dream.
After Red awoke, gathered his thoughts, and he was happy that Scratch was not harmed. Red joined Andy, Mathias and Boet at the office on the train. The team was talking about how the Europeans divided Africa, and the deaths of the people whom built the railroads there.
“At least no one has died building the Poetry Train, once again,” Andy proclaimed, “Poetry saves lives.”
Boet spoke with sadness, “I found you all some more wisdom, but with sadness though. Ingrid Jonkers and the Sestigers. I watched a movie about her too, entitled ‘Black Butterflies.’
Andy sadly asked, “I wonder if Poets who’ve committed suicide would not have if there was the internet for them back then? Where they could be even slightly affiliated with people like them, or with similar issues that Poets go through? Because looking here online there are many.”
Andy post about it in the members group, Red suggested, Maybe it’s something needed to be talked about, maybe a Poet is hurting and we don’t know.
“Okay,” said Andy, “But before I read her poem, ‘The Child Who Was Shot Dead By Soldiers in Nyanga.’ Keep in mind Red we are no mind Doctor and you know how I feel about things like that, but whatever comfort we can do, we can try.”
I understand Andy, and I’ll read this list here too, Red replied. It maybe hard to cope with things like that in an open forum circle, but hey, it is a Poetry group, and as you say Andy, Poetry saves lives!
Boet took a deep breath and said, “I’ll look into the Sestigers.”
“I believe everyone, we are at the heart of life here in Africa as I was telling Soetik Rebah Motsumi our love for animals is large, and I believe all creation started here, and I have felt that since being a child, and you all know me, I go with my gut, but we Poets are crazy,” and Andy laughs.
Andy found information on the Sylvia Plath Effect, and he looked out the window, and thought about eternity, and how shitty people can be too, not thinking the death clock is ticking, and respect. Odd it is that is too. In how some Poets tag onto attractive opposites of sex and &c. He and Red see this happening all of the time. Depending on what’s taken place in private, but things like that just seem ‘not right, when the internet is vastly open with other avenues. Dating sites and &c. ‘Just a bit eyebrow’d Andy thought, and he wondered if other Poetry folk notice this too. Andy laughed, and read out-loud what he was reading, “Valuing such external factors may harm Poets’ mental health, they speculate, because high levels of creativity require people to ‘defy the crowd’ and ignore what other people think. That means eminent writing could produce more stress leading to a higher incidence of mental illness. Poets may not garner the same benefits from writing that other writers do because Poems seldom form a narrative. Poetry climbing ranks,” Andy then laughed and said, “Poets are like roofers. They are important when needed.” Andy read this too from the rest of Deborah Smith Baileys’ article on The ‘Sylvia Plath’ effect on apa.org. It’s very possible that writing Poetry may have kept Sylvia Plath alive longer than she would have… No really, ya think?” Andy laughed and said, “They be killing me. Respect, like in marriage, key, it’s the key, there must be respect for Poetry!”
Boet was researching too, and spoke, “ Your American Poet Edgar Allan Poe says, “Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence-whether much that is glorious-whether all that is profound does not spring from disease of thought from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray vision they obtain glimpses of eternity…. They penetrate, however rudderless or compassless, into the vast ocean of the light affable.”
Red laughed and said, Ya and I seen you looking into eternity.
“You know it Red, and th’Wicked Papoose Caboose, where true appreciation will stand, and maybe that’s when say for instance Poets from America would give Charlie more respect,” Andy stated, “Excuse me everyone, I ‘am going to get us some coffee.”
Red, Boet and Mathias was reading, and using the art of listening as the train rolled through Botswana.
Andy came back, and said, “Regardless of praise, folks be tripping without just. Respect is key to success, just a little bit of showing respect, just a little bit, that’s not to hard, the no effort to me, comes down to, as I mentioned before, how one is raised, or ones own respect for life and others. Trueness baby, trueness, so Poet on up, even if you are down, be that Poet even if you are the only one in your town, or country. You got me. In other words, Don’t let anyone punk you out.”
Boet spoke, “Sounds to me that most of America is nothing but a bunch of spoiled brats locked up to a video game or a dumb phone, but anyways, I love this here by Marcel Proust, “Everything great in the world is created by neurotics. They have composed our masterpieces, but we don’t consider what they have cost their creators in sleepless nights, and worst of all, fear of death.” So with that said, games and apps are what disturbances?”
Red laughed and replied, Ya especially when they are junk. Oh we don’t stress it, but we are tired of it all making us look bad, we picked up on the disgruntling in Poetry Train America, but we do have proof, look at all of the 2016 presidential debates and statements, enough said.
Andy spoke, “Let me add Red, like Beethoven, isolation, I wont say Despair, but Doom we have too,” and Andy laughed, “Genius possession, a life of hell, abuse, heartbreak, let the Poetry play on, because the passion can save ones life. Even if ones world, country is about to collapse. Pass on the Poetry, love your Poetry!”
“Okay this Poet Diederik Johannes Opperman, best known as Dirk lead us to consider Rock Art as Literature,” said Boet.
“Like we do cave art, acceptable.” Andy replied.
“These Sestigers, they have powerful messages to say,” Boet adds, “This Chris Barnard may have written about you two clowns.” Boet laughs, “Just kidding, his movie, Paljas is about a station masters family in a remote town, and gets the opportunity to work through their problems when a circus clown enters their lives.”
Red mentioned too about the film, A family’s life in the Karoo, in a semi-desert area in South Africa is changed when a traveling circus leaves behind a clown. Yes, that’s us.
Mathias laughs, and says, “Yes, you see, protest Poetry stands the test of time.”
Andy laughed, and said, “My oh my, this land is beautiful, so beautiful. Nice, we have two more fine movies to promote, such talented actors and actresses. Thanks Boet, you are doing a great job, appreciated & charm’d… It says here that some one said Christiaan Johan Chris Barnard couldn’t write, well his movie proved different. I love that, just takes time, and all falls into place. E-railroad tetris.”
“Well in this case we are going to steal you two from America & Canada ya ya as you say,” says Boet and laughs.
From all read and heard, I don’t think the Sestigers’ manifesto was naïve regardless of opposition, Red proclaimed. Chris Barnard pulled it off with his screenplay Paljas, when he used the brute with the guns, and my heart was pounding, because I thought he was going to shot Willem. Red looked at Andy and said, and Willem reminds me of Andy.
“Good call Red on both.” Andy replied.
“The Sestigers were like us,” Boet spoke out-loud reading, “Or us like them because they gather together at Jan Sebastian Rabie and his wife Marjorie’s house in Onrus, and spent hours in intellectual debate.”
Red and Andy were silent and using the art of listening as Boet read, and Boet was a great new member to the PoetryTrain.com team they felt.
Boet spoke as he read, “Uys Krige inspired a whole generation, including himself says Albert Louis Sac. Andy he wrote for the screen too. He had given lectures on Lorca and Neruda, linking the intimacy of Poetry with the great events of public life. Jan Rabie followed in Uys Kriges’ footsteps with an interest in science fiction, and called him Uys of Space. Uys Krige looked at the Afrikanerdom with a critcal and loving eye from the inside and outside.”
Andy spoke, “Ya Ya, Botswanas Poet Onalethuso Petruss Ntema just sent us a video to promote. I love it when he says oneBlood to us. Touches my heart, Poetry breaking the chains of prejudice. That’s what oneBlood means for me.”
Red and the rest of the team smiled.
“I ask him to make a Poem-video, because his book trailer for his book ‘Souls Seeds’ was so impressive,” said Andy. “We talked about place, Poets place and how unique videos are that show this to the viewer, is just impressive.”
Red smiled and said, I got the ‘I ‘am the Voice of a Shadow’ poem-video uploading, launching soon.
Boet spoke, “Going back to the sadness and madness, let put on them same pants again. Love seems to stall things doesn’t?”
Andy looked at Boet, and didn’t say a word.
“Ingrid Jonker has inpsired many, but then again she could have more,” said Boet. “I know nothing though, but just thinking. I hope I ‘am strong about things.”
Andy stood up, looked around and said, “Keep being alert Boet, keep being alert! As Andre Brink would say to us Poets.” Andy sat back down. “ Andre never lost his courteous manner, and Ingrid Jonker spoke from the page, and that’s what lovers do. The Gentleman and the Lady. They were the Afrikaans Romeo and Juliet of the Afrikaans literary world.”
“Ingrid wrote her poems on the bus and dreamt of having a study like André did,” said Boet, “They would love the Poetry Train. In Poetry, every day is a physical, spiritual and financial struggle, and is underestimated.”
Red added in, There are many Ingrids around us, and we don’t notice them. Dreams, talents or desire to live a life of dignity without poverty, but that’s what makes us tough, literary Poet tough.
“We are on the Brink of something,” said Boet and laughed. “We have a ‘Flame in the Snow’, the translations of love letters of André Brink and Ingrid Jonker. An article on litnet.co.za by journalist Karin Schimke, and Poet Naomi Meyer.”
“Where’s the snow in Africa, it is winter here?” Andy asks.
Red added in, Yes it is. Reading here, Naomi Meyer says, It is part of the human condition to be trapped inside language, and Andre Brink asks, Can translation help to open up the worlds of other people?
“That’s a great question.” says Andy. “But Andre answers with a question. Where else could it begin?
He also says, Perhaps the simplest place to start is not with translation, but with each person undertaking to learn another language.”
Fascinating, Red says, Naomi Meyer says there is Language Imperialism, and if we don’t learn another language, or try. It is pure laziness, and English wins, and that is so true. English versus Afrikaans language, and yes, I was just thinking this, what about too translate Poetry into Zulu too.
Boet added, “Naomi also mentions the importance of reading to children.”
Andy replied, “Yes to build the foundations of memory and imagery. Love this here too, Reaching across the various abysses that divide us, Poetry the bridge, as in oneBlood. Mambo ya ya is about unity. Mathias wouldn’t you agree?”
Boet added, “Ingrid loved Walt Whitman.”
Mathias had this look on his face looking at Red and Andy and asked, “Are you alert for Danger?”
Red said with a new look on his face, I ‘am always on Red Alert, and Mr. Walklemon Whipagla has come back to join us.
Andys’ facial muscle tightened and said, “It’s okay to be at three places at once, past, present and future. We are good like that.” In a louder tone of voice Andy spoke, “Poetry are rivers that rise and go, and we are marking its existence and it flows, so what do you know Whipagla?” We hear nile Crocodiles are in Florida, have you? They say they go to libraries here, and eat all the books. Do you know anything about this?”
“No on your last question. That maybe so Mr. Sandihands, but then again we have Rhinos that destroy trains too,” said Mr. Walklemon Whipagla with a grim grin on his face.
Red laughed and asked, Me and Andy think you work for the Royal Society of Poetry, so is that a fact?
“I may,” Mr. Walklemon Whipagla replied. “Ivory, horns, skins and bones. Books are pricey too. There are Poet hunters out there.”
“More then that Mr!” Boet adds in, “Zebras, Lions, and Gorillas too. Books build our country, as animals are like us, a part of Africa.”
Andy spoke looking into Whipaglas’ eyes, “As bad as those Trump boys. They lie about giving the left overs of meat to random people in the safari, or the hungry, and they left the elephant hanging.”
Mr. Walklemon Whipagla, “As bad as you Circus Clowns, you are just like them.”
Red, How can you claim that?
“I have my hunting hunch.” Mr. Walklemon Whipagla replied.
“Red, I think he wants us to write a comic novel, he wants tragedy but it will be comical.” said Andy. “We have desire, we have need, unlike success and filth, we will take our own path effect, deffects and all, and please do not claim we are in this together and all messed up, when people like have un-screwed, lets say torn the world apart.”
Andy isn’t clowning around right now is he? Red asked knowing all knew the answer.
“You are not my favorite sit down comedian Andy.” Mr. Walklemon Whipagla stated.
Red laughed and said, This what’s funny, we have more subscribers then you, and we do it with Abraham Lincoln American pennies, try to scratch that one off, and that, this is my, lets say Scratch, Red Alert to you.
“I still can’t get over these Trump boys, they’d have Africa in bad shape if they had political power there, and hey maybe they do, that’s why they kill there.” Andy stated with slight anger. “So tell me about this Royal Poetry Society, are they, well you tell me, bias as we are as Poetry Historians?”
Mr. Walklemon Whipagla looked out the window.
Andy he must be having a flash back, said Red.
“He’s like a novelist Red, making things up.” said Andy.
The train made a sudden stop, and threw Mathias forward disrupting his studies.
Mr. Walklemon Whipagla was still looking out the window, and spoke, “Hmm lets see here, maybe a Rhinoceros is a standing a chance, unlike you all, with your poetry train. Where’s your horn?”
Andy tele-thought to Red, This guys accusations of us poaching Poets is about to, and when Andy told Red this that’s when, Boet stood up to Mr. Whipala, and said, “It really is international heritage worth protecting, like the Rhinos because in the act of protecting Poets Poetry, we also protect ourselves. If you think about all the opportunities their Poet Igloo Bill holds for a whole society, then it should trump the idea of how it can benefit individual people. It will create jobs of many sorts, jobs that are there to protect the Poet like the Rhino, to study the Poet. Reading and listening to bring people in to appreciate the Poet, and much more.”
“It’s not a crisis.” Mr. Whipala replied.
“Well it would be if someone rapped your daughters Poetry,” said Andy, “Did I hit home in how dire the situation is without us, us talking clown heads telling you it is so?”
Red was looking out the window but listening.
Mr. Whipala replied, “I didn’t commit no literary crime.”
Maybe not, but you are obstructing literaty justice. Red proclaimed as he was watching police take down a resisting poucher outside the train. The pouchers had chased a Rhino, and killed it on the railroad tracks.
“Look, there is a baby Rhino. It must be trying to hide.” said Andy, he then sat down, and looked at Mr. Whipala, and thought, ‘Unlike us you fool.’ “We put our lives on the line for Poetry.”
Mr. Walklemon Whipagla fumbled around with papers inside his shirt pocket and said, “Anytime you all like, I have a one-way exit permit for you all. No more Columubus around here, ever hear of Christopher Hope? The way white people and their territoriality and testosterone, as you all do, if you can’t kick, shoot, ride or eat it, what good is it? When I hear the word ‘Africa’, I want to know who’s using it, meaning I don’t want you all using the word Africa.”
Andy argues back, “You are out of your Africa tree. As Christopher Hope was encouraged by his mother. My mother loved my Poetry obsession. We Irish like that.”
Boet stepped in the argument, “Poetry was the major means of protest, says Hope. It was the way to annoy the hell out of the authorities and say something. I’ve spent my entire life looking for something like home. I was homesick, and I found this career with Red and Andy, and we are not changing the world, we are to undermine it.”
“No you’ll always be like a Whiteboy running.” Mr. Walklemon Whipagla stated.
Red stood up and said, Bessie Head was correct when she said, I have observed that people who torture and trouble life is a wide radius around them, do so because they cannot come face to face either with their own errors or the errors of history. I think it’s best if you found a seat on another car.
Boet stood up and spoke, “Alright now Mr. Walklemon Whipagla start walking away. We are done being hospital to you. They have done nothing wrong, so carry on with your bad self.”
Mr. Walklemon Whipagla, “Join the herd, join the herd, and mark my word, mark my word.”
Andy replied, “So you want to sling some words? That’s hilarious. In all do respect Walk Whip, we are already a part of the herd so don’t trip. Red contact Reina-Marie Loader and tell her we want to officially join the herd, and tell her we found a scratch and sniff, trying to be stiff, and we got a whiff and it can be a fresh kill, if thee will. Everyone let him stay, you see what will happen if he leaves. He will fall into machination mode, and killing him with kindness is swift and bold. So Mr. Walklemon Whipagla have a seat welcome to the Project p-r-o as in Professional and ject as in inside so let us roll and ride! Treat us like the Wild Buffalo Bill Show my boy. The weight of history is amazing.”
Mr. Walklemon Whipagla walked away and did not say a word.
Boet laughed and said, “I love this, you two are like a Cousteau with a Poetry Show, ha ha ha ha, love it.”
Lets go see Map Ives about these Rhinos, Red suggested. This is how we challenge ourselves. We shun when we need to. Contemplate forever when have to. Rhinos in the morning. We have to love it.
Mathias smiled and said, “We are at the Okavango Delta, Africas’ wild oasis.”
Boet reads out loud about Map Ives and gives his ops in, “Passion should come from your heart. Map Ives has passion, he’s also revealing his shield against Americanism, ah maybe Mr. Whipagala thinks this too, you two are a foreign balance… We are unique minds Map Ives describes, and calls out for… I say we, because I ‘am apart of the team.” Boet smiles and says, “We don’t care about a large house, but we care about a large train to make the world a better place. He wants us to spark wild life conservation on the train.”
“I love how he says, Lions roam the outskirts of time, and how they ate his mothers roses,” said Andy, “Here is the place where we whisper spirit.”
While they were conversing about Poetry, Map Ives and Rhinos, the Rhino that was killed was air lifted off of the railroad tracks, so the train began to move along.
“Rad! You two are going to have to make your fore, go to the Rhinos well, and carry a pale of water on your head. You must walk with pale on your head and read a book,” said Boet laughing, “Just like her, they call her Unity, Unity Dow, a Poet and a Judge, and that’s what she done when she was a kid. May she read the Poet Igloo Bill, and Operate the Jester.”
Boet clapped his hands and chanted his poem, ‘Sing Rad’
ya ya way
em em, em em way
Poet bold and free
It’s not the less you know
the better you are
Strength for the weak
No longer who you know
And you’ll go far
No reserve, see
ya ya way
em em, em em way
Applause Applause, said Red, Hope after hope, dream after dream.
Andy looked at the mountains, and hill after hill, and he applauded too.
They came to their selves, they loved sitting down. Nomads at heart though.
Andy laughed and said, “Seriously, we are going to need clown stuff, you know make up and gym suits.”
And they all laughed.
“Red Alert,” said Mathias, “Unity Dow will make you rethink. All three of you are thinking wrong. Love in a glare, love in the air. The things you can not see, lost time. Time to think, how do you grow? Answered wisdoms, part of the past, part with the future. Take with our future, it the past of the part. What you and me, all of us lost was art. The Star we are. Boet, that was a beautiful poem. The train is good for us, and we will love the journey.”
“Holy River Horse Train man,” said Andy smiling, “I ‘am going to make a Book Well on the Poetry E Train Africa, a Google Book Shelf. Maybe with hash tags, #oneBlood #jointheheard. What do you all think?”
Red replied, On the book cover like graffiti. Yes that is great.
“Everyone,” Andy asked everyones attention, “I had to be like that Boet, to break the walls of the 21st Century, my kind of diplomacy. Why was and is there walls in the first place? That’s why the trump of greed has to go, any kind of trump, and yes I ‘am aware of Danger, and she didn’t want to be separated from her brothers Doom, and Dread. What constitutes the good? We are all in great trouble. The Poetry Train is a inter-cultural exchange train. Where anyone can celebrate all culture without supremacy. Language breaks boundaries, most of language travels.”
“Yes Andy we must break down as Mantsetsa Marope tells us, sustainable literary literacy,” says Boet as he reads.”
People who don’t read, don’t enjoy poetry. Red suggested. Language walls.
“Styles of expression,” said Andy.
Boet slapped his hands on his legs and said “Ya ya, Poetry is a structure, a defense of Peace that can be created. We should all speak the Will of Peace. Unity through diversity, un-folding the flag of Peace.”
Red and Andy looked at each other and laughed, “This guy is good, he is getting good,” said Andy, and Red finished what had to be said, We are Unity, and we read and listen to diversity. We have been at the helm of his realm for awhile, and each day our mind scope is shall we say, super-sonic expanding. The future must know the walls of Poetrys’ intolerance. Poetry mandate 2110, 100 years of the Poetry Train. It starts with what’s thunkn’ in the brain.
“We are digital cave art, digital petroglyphs,” said Mathias, “Bless the Poetry Train.” Mathias pointed outside and said “Divuyu, and her four main Hills, Male Hill, First Wife, Female Hill, and Child. The slippery land of the invisible, where the rock that whispers is.”
The train rolled past the Slippery Hills, known as Tsodilo Hills and they seen the San People rock art on the walls of rock as they passed by. There was a red Rhino, geometrics, maybe cattle too of art work, but there were rain stains. The art was red, and the rocks and land had its natural hues mauve, orange, yellow, turquoise and lavender.
“Look I see wild and domestic animals,” said Andy pointing as the train moved. “We are in the bush, and what is next around the corner?”
Boet laughed and said, “Andy’s looking for a Texas armadillo in Tsodilo.”
“Wait, wait, we have to stop here,” Andy proclaimed. “I was right I just told you all this, and to first actually in a chat with Canadian Poet Rebecca M. Cuevas, and then as I mentioned to Soetik Rebah Motsumi, here I feel too is the beginnings of the human world, in fact I gut-know this. We have followed the mystery. The Muse of Poetry spoke to us.”
Red scratched his head smiling.
“Lets say our Elephant hearing listened as they do or our Rhino hearing too, and Poetry is our horn, or tusk. Although gentlemen as we are Poetry Time Lords, here it is to think, listen to the echo, ‘Memory is key for the day to always be. Where future is past to see, how, now.”
Everyone looked at each other.
Boet was on it, looking online. “It feels like a prayer, and we are dancing inside, and earlier I felt the train was a cave, but a cave that moves.”
Red and Andy looked at each other, and smiled.
Boet was on it again and shook his head and said, “You two, well now we are doing digital or printable cave art, lets say as the San People did back then, when they created the animals they felt most worthy on the rock walls here. We are doing the same thing, the most worthy, Poets, and Trains as they would also with the four elements. Railroad ties are like Poets marching into time.”
“Red we must stop here and camp, firelight and all,” Andy suggested with concern. “We need to see this Python sculptured on Male Hill there. You are thinking what I ‘am thinking?”
Yes, Red replied, Can we call you Spearhead Andy, and Red laughed.
Andy replied “Check this out Red, go into Electric Owl mode, and look at the Cape where we arrived, now remember America by New Orleans, the perimeter measuring somewhat, and then Canada, where Sitting Bull and the others escaped, Montanta and Washington, rivers, the escape route. Both places were escape routes, and I get the same feeling about here. Something is here Red.”
“You two are what I’d call Poetry Archaeologists.” Boet claimed. “Poets are traditional historians.”
“Gentlemen,” Andy claimed, “Poetry is like water, and this place is where water was at the beginning of the world. Joining the Herd of Poets, the herds of animals and listening to Poetry has led us here, to where I believe life began.”
Red asks, So you are saying that art opens here, the inner world and the world-beyond-sight held in common belief by all human cultures? Early conceptions of beauty and the sacred?
“Yes,” Andy replied and he thought, ‘We have to go full circle here.’
“Ew, this is some good stuff,” said Boet. “I’ll go to the Conductor to stop the Train.”
Andy consider also the other two places here, Blombos and Apollo 11 Cave? Red suggested.
“Indeed,” Andy replied, “Soetik Rebah will help.”
“Ew, the mind of a Train and Poetry” said Boet. “I’ll go get the Conductor to stop the Train. Oh maybe we can find us each a Lady here.”
“Red did you notice the art is red, oneBlood red?” Andy asked. “Red Alert Red, things are blending, a new color, a peaceful color, a new color, called Peace, like blue was new. Everything a new blue.”
Andy we could go there and see fires, and reading here online, we can be never seen again, it is a risk to get off the train, said Red, the Land of the Invisible, so I get your alert, everything blue. Lets go to the slippery Mountains of the Gods, and rock and roll humanitys’ cradle.
They both tele-asked, ‘A Lady here?’
They both looked at each other smiled, and gave each other a high five and said, ‘Great reverse, and a great forward.’ The rock is going to whisper about the sacred life, and tell us why the spirits were angry or are still, and good was no more. Animal killing was why. The power of the landscape, and Poetry.
Boet returned with the Train Conductor, and the Conductor said, “In Botswana, more lions die from human actions of protecting livestock than from trophy hunting. Rhinos too somewhat. The ratio is six for every lion hunting as a sport!
Andy was in awe, the water, the clouds, the birds, and the Elephant he seen walking along the bank near the railroad.
Red was in memory relapse, remembering his dream, and the Elephant cries when they were shot down by the hunters. Red snapped out it and said, There are many hidden treasures here so have no fear of ancestral spirits dwelling on the hills, including hyena, and Red laughed.
“Including Leopard!” said Boet nervously.
They all were wide eyed, and the Train Conductor said, “Bushveld woodlands, There are mean Porcupines here.”
Andy made a scoffing sound because Andy loved Porcupine Poetry. “So like this Leopard is cool?”
The Train Conductor laughed and said, “No, the Leopard is, I would say thirsty, and that is something you four should think about.”
“Well hell there is water right there,” Andy replied. “What’s good for the Elephants are good for us. You see Mr. Train Conductor, we are part of the herd now.”
The Train Conductor laughed and said, “You are, are you?”
Ya ya, said Red, We on time like that, we are family.
“Beware of hunters, Buffalo, and that Leopard, you hope is not being hunted. Baboons are known to hunt them, Lions mainly.” The Train Conductor warned them. “That’s a male Leopard. I’d say he is great at hiding remains too.”
It looks like he’s going away through the trees, said Red.
The train made us private stop for the Poetry Train team.
“Okay, Good luck.” The Train Conductor said as he closed the door to the train.
Andy raised his eyebrows, looked around, and asked, “Wait, wait, wait, where’s the nearest Train Station? And plus we have much luggage.”
“Animals are afraid, and afraid of each other,” said Boet, “Poetry will save us.”
Mathias spoke, “Yes, only we can bog us down, so that’s why we can not walk in the sand and get stuck. The sand roads are deep. Brushveld it is.”
The Train Conductor opened the door, and said, “You can leave your things you don’t want to take on the train. I’ll wait here for an hour four you. Don’t make me wait! What are you waiting on?”
They all looked at each other, left their things on the train, and walked to the Python Cave.
“Man I want to see a Giraffe.” Andy proclaimed.
“We won’t with that Leopard up there looking at everything from through tree leaves.” said Boet.
Like him, lets do what we do best, hunt, hunt the mystery and adapt, said Red. This is the realm of mystery.
“Nature puts things in the oddest of places, said Mathias, “Hopefully it’s every animals holy day, so we wont be hunted.”
“I hear that.” Andy replied. “Oh my, look ah it’s just a baby Elephant.”
A baby Elephant wanted to play hide and seek with a bird, further more swatting them with her truck.
Andy laughed and said, “Yes, this calf is cooling me out. This is better then the zoo, and for sure the news of one slaughtered.”
One about two foot taller came out of nowhere, and went right up to them, and yelled out a Elephants, ‘Roar!’ One could imagine about her mothers’ where abouts, and her mothers’ roar.
“They want to be friends,” said Mathias, “But where is her mother?”
Andy laughed, looked at everyone and said, “You all loving this? This little girl right here can knock us over.”
Andy the Poetry Train has returned us to the wild, Red said laughing.
“I ‘am loving this, living the best I can, and using my senses and memory like never before,” Andy replied.
“I love Elephants,” said Boet, “Chinese for their cruelty and damnation to the poachers. The irony is I don’t suppose ivory and Rhino horn have any medicinal properties.”
“So we are all learning to be with the herd, yall ready lets find this ancient ritual ground, and in the cave,” said Andy, “The shaman is listening in the chamber hiding, and watching us.”
I want to see the giant Snake circle the land for water, Red requested. A mud bath too.
“Maybe the Afrocks lost their mothers in the bushveld,” said Mathias.
“Red from what I learned the giant will be literally squeezing too.” said Andy. “Snakes called Afrocks, hmm Poetrocks.”
The older female let out a roar and a growl kind.
“They are probably hungry,” said Mathias. “We are almost there. We must look for their parents as we walk, these two will follow us.”
The baby calf made a loud snorting sound. The older one wanted to give Red a hug with her trunk, and everyone laughed.
Andy was in awe of the volcano looking small hills, and they were grassy and steep to the point. So what was the wisdom of the four hills, were they like the twin mountains in Canada?
“We are their family now.” Mathias proclaimed. “But we are the endangered ones. We as a humanity has stepped out of nature.”
“Yam yam but we four are here now.” Andy replied, and Andy passed out some yams to all of them and the Elephants from one of his satchels.
“Listen for the muscles of the Rock Python.” Mathias warned. “Even their babies come out of the egg striking.”
“Yes, they have a slick sound to them, slowly constricting. This is a big difference from street stranglers,” said Andy and laughed, he looked around for the Python, and sung, “I ‘m Hot Blooded, I’m Hot Blooded,”
“Shhhh,” Boet jestered and whispers, “We are land fish here.”
“What” Andy asked smiling “I like Foreigner.” and he laughed again.
Boet shook his head.
The birds were the only thing really easing the tension they all four had. Andy put his hand over his mouth and says, “There it is. The Deities welcome us.”
The mysterious rock did resemble a Python.
“Look there is an entrance here.” said Boet, “It has been worn smooth. Lets go inside.”
“Your head first.” Red demanded.
They all looked at each other.
“Just like a Python eats its victims, head first,” said Mathias and laughs.
The giant must be basking, and changing its skin.” said Red.
“Lets look at the art first.” said Andy.
They all agreed to do that before they went into the cave.
These here are Giraffes. Red proclaimed as he observed the art on the rock walls.
“These have to be Rhinos.” Boet proclaimed.
“We are on the Nqoma hill,” said Mathias “Divuyu is right there,” as he pointed to the hills direction. “The children hills are the rest of them we see.”
“Notice there is no fire wood,” said Boet. “Look we found melons.”
Something just walked over them, said Red while looking around for what has walked on the melons.
I never studied tracking and prints of animals, Red said and laughed. Red saw two parrots in a tree, and they were looking at them.
Andy walked up to Red and nudged Reds shoulder, and what they were looking at was a Giraffe.
The tallest one the world has ever seen.
“Man, my heart is beating faster.” said Andy.
“They sure can run fast.” said Boet. “Lets hope they too are not looking for their young.”
Andy is like a Giraffe, Red claimed, With two modes of locomotion, fast and super fast.
Andy laughed and said, “Trained Giraffe would be perfect for our clown show. We’d have to have a ladder. I like its hair, it’s mohawk looking hair, all the way down from the back of its head, down its neck, to its back. This is great everyone, they are taller then the trees. Look birds are all over them.” Andy laughed and sang, “I ‘am what I eat, trees.”
Boet laughed and said, “Lots of metaphors here. You two are like them in many ways. Loyalty to Poetry world wide, seek new things, as in Poets, you are constant, persistent as in constant as in change itself. Steady. You are team players.”
Andy laughed and said, “Well, we are Davids and that there is Goliath.”
“Andy you have always had a higher view of things,” said Mathias. “You two stand tall for Poetry, and you two stick your necks out for Poetry.”
I ‘am having a great time, this is like going back in time, said Red, I love it.
“Me too, this is very spiritual, and it makes me want to dance.” said Andy.
“There are no secrets here, earth holds the memory of everything, of all the creatures which move upon it.” said Mathias.
“How can we ignore this present, moment, into which has no name?” Andy asked.
We can’t clearly see, but faith tells me, Gods rule the world from here, says Red. Maybe we should find this mine for some holy water, because we don’t have much time, not unless we stay.
“These rock paintings are everywhere.” said Boet as they walked around looking at the art.
“This rock with the outline of Africa is just impressive, mind blowing.” said Andy as he sat down. He reached for some sand, held it for a moment, and let it all fall out between his fingers. Andy thought, ‘I don’t know what to think, maybe I shouldn’t think. Time, Andy thought about the times here of long ago, and why so much art. Andy looked at the two Elephants, the Giraffe, and thought okay, where is the Python? Where is our symbol? In every smell, we have smelt?’ “All of the Ladies have gone to town or village Boet, and Cupid is busy somewhere else, doing love bow business.” said Andy. “We should be going back to the train.”
“Andy they are singing somewhere by themselves too.” Boet replied.
Yes, lets get back to the Train, said Red.
“Lets walk like eagles to the train,” said Mathias. “This place and animals do want us to go. They will miss us as friends.”
“I hear that, the baby girl Elephant walking up to us like, is something I’ll never forget.” said Andy. “Heart, imagination, and memory is all we have, and all that remains there, remains there forever. As all here has. Eagles? Lets walk like a Giraffe back, and see as they see.”
As all four of them walked back to the train. Andy walked close to Red and said, “Use your Poet camera eye. Seeds are sown onto our memory eye.”
Once back aboard the train Andy was in talks with Constantine Enyo about the Poetry Train and a Castalia Press… Andy looked at Red and said, “We need to know the San language, or languages nearby too.”
Yes, said Red. I ‘am working on that. We also need to listen to the Poets.
“Yes, that’s what I was thinking too,” Andy replied, “Wished they had Poetry, well an alphabet. Hmm look where the alphabet gets us, back to the 0. Shhh Red,” Andy motioned and said, “No one complained, this part is not real, it’s in a book we write. They have sand-fever if we were real.”
Red laughed and said, Imagine that, Andy I had wifi the whole time and it wasn’t mobile, it was sand jackers trying to shed word-shed, Orgcast and stuff.
Andy laughs and says, “Tried telln’ folks get the heck off their phone, and read a book, if not from a laptop. Ya Ya!”
“Hey, I want to look at Poetry the old way, not the new way,” said Boet laughing, “Just crappin-ing, Hahaha, I’m learning.”
“Mr. Train Conductor, some one left the water running on the sink.” said Mathias.
“You think,” replied the Train Conductor, and it was silent for a moment.
“It has to go somewhere.” said Mathias.
And the train rolled on, as the Train Conductor walked away looking at Mathias.
“Are you feeling what I ‘am feeling?” Andy asks.
Maybe that depends. Red replies.
“Well tell me when you do.” Andy replies back.
“You are feeling our Medu, and Medu is a SePedi word meaning roots.” said Mathias. “You are feeling our hide.”
“Reading about Thamsanqa “Thami” Mnyele and the Medu opens thought, does this cause conflict?” said Mathias asking, “Our art must become a process, a living, growing thing that people can relate to, identify with, be part of, understand and not a mysterious world a universe apart from them.”
“At first it might, only because of oppression and candy coated bull shit you could say,” Andy replied.
“As you can tell, Unity has been tried, and there is always complicit psychological operations against the public.” says Mathias.
All of this is certainly heightening my awareness, says Red. Thamis outlook on art and the world is impressive. According to Judy Seidmans‘ speech, he argued, under apartheid, and indeed throughout this globalized modern world, what we call art has been taken far away from our daily lives. Pictures hang in galleries and museums where most people never see them. Pictures are sold to the rich for more than a working person earns in a year, to remain hidden in their private living rooms. Thami spoke in outrage about how art is taken away from the community, even from the people who made it. This is something to consider with the Rising of Poetry.
Everyone was silent because they know the cruel and vicious cycle of those with money.
Red continues to educate the others, Thami rejected the approach that an artist make art to make money. Rather, he searched for ways to create art for his people, for his community.
“We are doing that, Poetry for the people.” Boet stated.
We must not let people who are not part of our world tell us what our art is about. Red added, The same with Poetry. Red laughs and says, You know the type.
Andy was reading too, and said, “I like what Judy Seidmans says here yall, “It takes both vision and courage to make art that speaks to each and every one of us; especially during a time of repression and suffering. Here we go again trapped in the induced ‘Lets let History repeat itself mode.”
“I like this poem ‘To Those Who Follow in Our Wake’ by Bertold Brecht,” said Boet, and he recited the poem.
Red spoke, Poets in exile, another one caring for humanity and forced to leave, for the fear of death.
“I will get us some munchies and drinks,” said Mathias.
“Thanks!” everyone said in sync.
“You are welcome, keep wise on prior generations of Poetry.” said Mathias.
“Whooo, putting oneself in any part of the world in a war is some serious thinking.” said Andy. “As the Poet Mongane Wally Serote says, ‘To heal is to heal, so heal in the manner you can heal.”
About the best we can do, said Red. We are following the wake, for sure.
The Lady with oranges returns and says, ‘Thank you for visiting our beautiful Botswana and really experiencing it’s beauty.”
You are welcome, Red replied and asked, What is your name? My name is Red Regatta.
Red introduced everyone.
“My name is Mary Kago Lesmore, and it is nice to meet you all of you. I hope you enjoy the oranges.”
When everyone was going to say a greeting to her, Mr. Walkemon Whipagala came into the train car.
Look, go back where you were. Red demanded, Mr. Officer Whipagala. We paid for this, go on now!
“Cow skin and shield,” Mr. Walkemon Whipagala replied, and went back to where he was seated.
“I don’t know why he has to be so grim,” said Boet.
“He must have some kind of man-rabies,” said Mathias laughing as he came back with drinks and food. “He wants to keep investors out of Africa, and he wants to keep the grim side bright. In other words, he is perpetuating the poverty here!”
Andy looked at Red, and it was a look that they needed to talk in private soon. “Lets go pet some Cheetahs,” said Andy smiling.
Sounds fresh, Red replied, and said, Mary, It is limitless here, it’s like a song with a melody… Beautiful tones… As Red was looking at Mary and the beauty outside, he seen a row line of those thorns he seen in his dream, those red tipped, wait-a-bit thorns, thorn bob trees thorns.
Mary Kago Lesmore smiled, and walked away with more oranges.
Andy look at all the Zebras, Red insisted.
“Yes, beautiful.” Andy replied, “Look at all the animals to the left of them.” Andy wanted to tease Red, and sung, “Every Cowboy has a sad song.”
Red laughed, and looked at the animals.
“The land that does not deny,” said Boet.
“You can feel the peace.” said Andy to everyone looking at Red.
“Until you see a Cheetah,” said Mathias, “The Spirit of the Kalahari, and are you ready for your explorer program.”
Yes they all replied.
“Okay, put on your tear marks like a Cheetah, because I wouldn’t want to be ya,” said Andy and laughed.
“We are about there.” said Mathias, “You know, strife is great for Poets.”
Andy laughs and says, “Yes, has to be. Because who knows Peace?”
Would Peace be like a brother and sisterhood of Lion like people? Red asked.
“Yes, and when they speak, a gong is sounded, and the Elephants arrive with the Greatest Minds of our time.” said Andy. “Like Mountain climbing, where we finally get to the top, and un-fold the flag of peace.”
Boet laughs, and looks and Mathias and says, “These men are the real deal, unlike others who look at people here as exotic primitives.”
The Train Conductor came by and said, “I forgot to mention. It is nice to have you all here. My Grandfather told me stories about when he was a boy and film director Geoffrey Barkas came here to film movies in the 1930’s about Africa.”
Thanks Red replied, We do the same but with ink and paper, and we are American. Barkas done Operation Crusader, and we have our own entitled ‘Operation Jester.”
“Oh that’s right, he and artists made a complex of deception involving six miles of dummy railway, and a dummy train.” The Train Conductor laughed and said, “You can learn a lot from a dummy.”
Andy laughed, “I almost forgot about that one, nice.”
Red laughed and said, You can learn a lot from a Poet too.
“Ya ya, can we have, oh never mind,” said Boet I was going to ask for Lion clothes, but, oh, we don’t kill Lions.”
“They too are vanishing over trophies,” said Andy. “Hunting is an obsession, like a disease. Do you want to know what? If these people who hunt loved animals, then why kill them? Me, and I won’t because I know the difference, but the thing is, I’d have my own zoo. I love animals so if I did not know wrong from right, then I’d have a zoo of living, and not a building full of heads of animals dead and what of.”
It’s not enough that people kill each other, said Red, Now, even more people have to kill endangered animals. Man, look at this tall grass.
“Ya, and father back, you see then black spots with horns?” Andy asked. “Amazing how much money people spend to kill animals. Every we are going to have to promote and help establish ecotourism. We don’t want these animals to go away like the giant wolves of Canada.”
Red knew Andy was upset about a lot of things, but one thing for sure, no one, no human can take away his love for animals. Andy was crying inside.
“We that oppose this, must be as strong as these Cape Buffalo aka Black Death, and defend the herds of all. With brains and brawn.” said Andy. “We are professional Poets, licensed to stop this with love and words. No matter how thick it gets, target on.”
“Diamonds, Animals, Slavery, what else?” said Boet, “Trophies to glorify their own macho natures. Sickening is what it is!”
“Red, it is important.” said Andy, “We must groove on this, and create a beat.”
Ten/Four says Red… Vocabulary spear sharpening now.
“Okay Gentlem, lets go on a word safari,” said Andy.
And they all got ready to enjoy some time with the animals of Bostwana… Learning and Listening.
Chapter 1 Poetry Train Africa Chapter 1 Cape Town South Africa, The Arrival by the Sea of Darkness
Poetry Train Africa Chapter 2 South Africa, Meteorite Night
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Poetry Train Africa is the Third Book of Poetry Train Stories
Poetry Train America and Poetry Train Canada
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