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Saturday, 27 March 2021

Western Civilisation by António Agostinho Neto

Tins fixed to stakes
driven in the earth
make the house

Rags complete
the intimate landscape

The sun piercing the cracks
awakens the inhabitant

After twelve hours of slave

Breaking stones
carrying stones
breaking stones
carrying stones
in the sun
in the rain
breaking stones
carrying stones

OId age comes fast

A reed mat on dark nights
enough for him to die on
and of hunger.

From: Neto, Agostinho, Sacred Hope, 1974, Tanzania Publishing House: Dar es Salaam, pp. 18-19.

Date: 1970 (original in Portugese); 1974 (translation in English)

By: António Agostinho Neto (1922-1979)

Translated by: Marga Holness (19??- )