A Day of Reflection. Lazola Pambo

On the flat green lawn
by the Pretoria Union Buildings
I sit alongside grandpa
on a long stretched grey wooden bench.
Steadily, he fixes his attention
with his round crystal spectacles
lying on the long bridge of his nose
cautiously inspecting
in his big veined hands
reading the headline:
Grandpa clears his throat
then shakes his head.
“What’s the matter?” I ask.
He is quiet for a moment
then he starts replying:
“We have failed the youth,”
I stare at him confused.
“Yes, it is true,” he continues
“Toyi-toying  was part of apartheid,
now we have passed it on
to the young at heart
who vandalise buildings
and burn tyre wheels
in order to be heard!”

Laz at SAQA Pic

Lazola Pambo is a South African poet, novelist and essayist, holding a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Africa. His work has been published in New Contrast, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, The Criterion, Ons Klyntji, LitNet, 2014-2016 Sol Plaatje European Union Anthology, and Gemini Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @LPambo.

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