Feb 15, 2007

Business

“Please lady,
don’t you want
painted African pig?
Hand-painted just
for you.

Please lady,
cheap, cheap,
just to buy bread.
I very hungry.

Don’t you want?
Painted, from
Africa.

I hungry,
from
Africa.
No work in
Eastern Cape these days—
all gone to the cities,
Port Elizabeth,
Cape Town,
Johannesburg.

Only come home to
Transkei
for funeral, these days.

Please lady,
don’t you want
painted African pig?
I hungry
and you white, from city
rich, American accent.”