Magazine | August 16, 2010, Issue

Poetry

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Choreographed by Thandumzi Moyakhe,

performed by Nqaba Mafilika and Bathembu

Myira, Johannesburg, South Africa

They dance there with outrageous zest,

Kneeling and swaying without rest,

White crosses painted on their chests.

Hour after hour I see them falling,

Rolling and riotously crawling,

Uproariously reaching, sprawling.

They fill their mouths with stolen light.

See how their closed eyes gorge on sight

So vast, yet in the world so slight;

How they are crucified who pray,

And how they dance, tomorrow and

today,

In Africa, which is so far away.

Sarah Ruden is the author, most recently, of The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible. She also has translated Augustine’s Confessions.

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