ZULUZA

“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ― Bertrand Russell

“Welcome to Zuluza,”
“The most beautiful n’ hate-free country in the world.”
“Oh, surely not,” said the tourist.
“Well, perhaps not the most beautiful,” said the citizen
“but the most tolerant – very friendly people we’re!”

“On the streets of Oweto, behind prison walls
we’ve learnt tolerance from strives of our forebears.
We’ve unlearnt sin – the depravity of Race n’ Exclusiveness –
the whole world knew about this, knows about this…”
“You’re wrong there, I can tell you … certainly.”

[Take care of your words when you’re with people,
take care of your thoughts when alone, tho’ Thought is free –
Truth is vulgar, Disagreement offensive. Never combat
a disgruntled man’s opinion tho’ he may be the age of Methuselah
you’ll never right the absurd things he believes].

The next day, they sent me home (the tourist),
in a casket.

© Ugo Nkwoala. 2019, All rights reserved.

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