Rethabile Masilo
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My Father’s Killers

They take to the road at midnight, and turn
Toward land that by right we plough and turn.

Their dark convoy passes white-washed houses.
A brake light: the bakkies slow down, then turn.

They park at right angles to the street
To light the yard—it’s daddy’s day and turn.

They have come on a crisp September night
To blight us, make our season change and turn.

The moon shimmers its flashlight on a blade
As, from a height, the planets spin and turn.

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from Things That Are Silent (Pindrop 2012)