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Futhi Ntshingila

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Why I love SA

I came across this poem by Ian Macdonald. It affirmed my sentiments. I thought I should share and hope whoever reads and loves SA draws strength from it. What makes you love your country?

Why do I love South Africa?

I love her for the perfection of her days
The crisp Karoo morning
The Joburg winter noon
The late summer Cape Town sunset
The star-filled Free State night
I love her for her people
For our warm smiles
For our resilience
For our I-am-because-we-are
I love her because she delights my senses

Highveld thunderbolts
Jacarandas in bloom
Sunday braais
African sun,
Icy sea
I love her raw power, her intensity, her strength

I love her because of how she makes me feel
Sometimes angry, sometimes joyous
Sometimes fearful, sometimes love-filled
Sometimes frustrated, sometimes hopeful

Always aliveI love her because she intrigues me
And challenges me
The Chinese have a curse: “May you live in interesting times”
I see it as a blessing
I love her because she helps me keep things in perspective
By reminding me how privileged I am

Every dayI love her for being a microcosm of the world
A world in one country
For what we can teach the world
About compromise
And sharing
And forgiveness
And tolerance
And hope

I love her because she’s imperfect
And full of opportunity
And potential unfulfilled
I love her because she has come so far
And has so much further to go
And whether we ever get there
Will all depend on us

I love her because she’s been so good to me
And she inspires me to return the favour
I love her because she’s my country
No matter whatI love her because she’s my home
And where my soul is at rest

By Ian Macdonald


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    April 16th, 2009 @11:30 #

    Thanks for posting this, Futhi. It captures what I love about SA too, especially in the last stanza.


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