Volume LII Number 4
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They purloined your house,
And feeling guilty allowed
You to stay on in a tiny backroom.
Now that they are fully ensconced
You conduct a welcome to country,
But with all the rooms fully occupied
Will never get the title deeds back
And they will seldom visit you
In your little room.
Who am I to talk,
A white Zimbabwean
Evicted from my tiny room
From where I controlled the house
And fed the household:
Now they are starving
And with the title deeds
Don’t want me back
We are alike you and I
Only our colour, justice
And good fortune
The Quadrant Book of Poetry: 2001 - 2010
edited by Les Murray