He Pleaded Ignorance
He did not know what the sky was made of.
He did not know what fire tasted like.
He did not know how far away from the earth the truth was.
He did not know how long a man could survive without any covering over his body. Such as skin.
He did not know the current market value of love.
He did not know the lengths a man would go to in order to find deception.
He did not know where it all came from.
Then he came up out of the water.
Then he found that he could still breathe. Even though it was air.
Kobus Moolman was born in 1964 in Pietermaritzburg. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Western Cape. He holds a PhD in English Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Among many platitudes, he is the recipient of the 2015 Glenna Luscehi Prize for African Poetry for his collection A Book of Rooms (deep south).