Saaleha Idrees Bamjee. Vertaling in Afrikaans

 

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Saaleha Idrees Bamjee. Vertaling van Engels in Afrikaans.

 

Vlegsels

 

Dogtertjies word in die steek gelaat

deur ons wat geen

opsies aan hulle bied nie. Dink

aan die verspilling van ʼn vlegsel,

 

getrek en

geolie en

ge-Love-in-Tokyo.

 

God het aan ons die kennis

van ʼn skêr gegee.

Om te dink ek sou so vry kon wees

soos Abdul oorkant die straat.

 

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Plaits

Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

 

We fail little girls by not

presenting them

with the alternatives. Think

of the waste that is a plait,

 

pulled and

oiled and

Love-in-Tokyo’d.

 

God handed down to us

the knowledge of scissors.

To think I could have been as free

as Abdul from across the road.

 

Bronverwysing:

Bamjee, Saleeha Idrees. “Plaits”, Zikr: Poems. Cape Town: Uhlanga, p. 35.

 

 

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