Dead Zone

As I take the call, I step into a puddle of water, maybe it’s piss, maybe it’s blood from a mutated rat — I don’t bother to look. It’s after six and past my afternoon confession time with Jomo, and his generous hand.  I try to shake whatever I stepped on from my boot but it sticks like bloody fingers.  Makes me wanna get to Saint’s even quicker, so I up my pace. Time to drown my sorrows or perhaps I’ll meditate on the insignificance of life. “You know how it is Coldman,” the Captain continues on the other side, running with the stupid joke I have heard so many times.  “Crime don’t got no time.” I know that, just like anybody else in this godforsaken city, on this wretched planet.  “I’ll be there in an hour,” I say. “Make it thirty.” We settle on forty-five, which gives me half an hour with Jomo. Thirty minutes to knock back a few. Thirty minutes to give him the lowdown on all the nasty shit I encountered today. The Cap had said that this one was especially hairy. I forgot to ask him if he meant that literally. Like I need more […]
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The South

Constantia Heights with her green belt Sparkling pearls and quiet comfort — towers Fynbos dunes lost in pallid plains and flats   The restless Cape Doctor ruffles my hair Shakes people and tickles old oaks — scatters Relics and phantoms into the pale sky   Ants wrestle desperately in the long grass I wrestle black ink on white paper We wrestle institutions of the past   Hottentots Hollands mountains sits quieted Observant, dark, grey and distant — ponders The ocean’s weight / The swoop of a swallow     Benedikt Sebastian
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