Too late,
brakes screech, fender thumps;
another car hits the speedbump.

A boombox strolls by on shoulders;
make da circle beega!*
and the young guns sing along.

and the man, hot faced, shouting;
how long must I wait at the gate?

Midnight sirens
wailing protest; hier’s nog huismoles.*

Birds, disturbed, scream at dawn;
A poet once said they were scared …
of flying …
not of us;
or our suburban symphony.

©Cindy Taylor 2010


* make da circle beega – a current SA pop song ‘Make the circle bigger’.
* hier’s nog huismoles – here’s more domestic violence.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Adeeyoyo says:

    This could be my street some days! Only the speedbump is missing, lol.

    Very good use of onomatopoeia.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We got our speedbumbs a couple of months ago, it’s made all the difference!

  2. Liane says:

    LOVE the creativity, Cindy. Makes you look and listen with other eyes and ears to the world (and people) around you.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Liane, now go study! *Aunty Cin waves finger!*

  3. libras child says:

    I feel like I’m in jhb south now
    would not have known that song, thank goodness you explain

    1. theonlycin says:

      The song is huge here in SA, Bron:

      1. theonlycin says:

        Ooops, don’t know how I did that …

  4. slpmartin says:

    Wonderful portrait of the suburbs…may be why I love living in the country. Thanks for the footnotes by the way. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      @ slpmartin, I always have concerns that some references in my ‘ethnic voice’ may get the foreign reader confused. I’m still in two minds whether to include footnotes.

  5. anotherdayinparadise says:

    Hi Cin. Very descriptive. Love your writing. Hugs to you.

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