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Language is this week’s theme

2013/01/30 in Uncategorized

Photographic by De Waal Venter

Wanneer woorde amptelik word

Tot ‘n sekere punt
was sy taal onsigbaar.
Toe begin die buitelyne
van woorde
vaagweg verskyn,
word al hoe duideliker
tot hulle solied en statig word.

In hierdie soliede toestand
kon sy woorde nie vloei nie;
hulle het rasering voortgekruie,
een na die ander,
Elkeen swaar gelaai met betekenis,
alles veilig weggepak
agter geslote deure.

Dit was ‘n eienaardige ervaring
om hierdie optog te sien verbygaan;
streng veiligheid om die motors,
amper onopmerklike beweging
agter getinte vensters,
klein stywe vlaggies
op spieëlblink dakke.

Daar staan hy.

Die kavalkade gaan verby.
Dit was betekenisloos.

When words become official

Up to a point
he had spoken
in invisible language.
Then, gradually, the outlines
of words
manifested faintly,
and then increasingly more emphatically
became solid and stately.

In this solid state
his words could not flow;
they trundled noisily
each after the other,
each fraught with meaning
securely packed away
behind closed doors.

It was a curious experience
to watch this panoply pass;
security tight around the cars,
almost imperceptible movement
behind tinted glass,
small flags stood stiffly
on mirror-bright bonnets.

He stood there.

The cavalcade passed.
It was meaningless.

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