Photo credit by Iavan Pijoos
This poem gets to express the 11 illegal miners who were taking shifts to wait for one another incase something happens to other group . While the two miners were waiting outside the mine collapsed. So this poem gets to express the sadness and the sorrow of one of illegal mine survivor and what he had to experience. According to news 24 there is a rapid increase of illegal miners who sneak into mine shaft that are no longer operating to digg gold to sustain and make life out “Zama zama”. This leads to high number increase of deaths of illegal miners and also who end getting trapped in the process of digging. The poem will elaborate further when it comes how one of survivor felt after the incident.
Someone summon the village digger Tell him nine graves are needed Awaken the crier For today nine families mourn their sons The night will be long and dark Sleep will fail to wrestle our restless soul into submission Our mothers will sing us a sorrow-filled lullaby As though attempting to usher us into a tranquil sleep This is somehow a reality, For when morning comes nine son will fail to rise Tomorrow The whole village will adorn their frail skeletons with black Regalia suited for those who were the mourner’s crown We went down into that mine, To steal riches from the earth Ignorant of the fact that all actions have equal and opposite reactions One cannot take from the earth without sacrificing something of equal value There are question moving in almost silent whispers from ear to ear What possessed them to do it? Where they compelled by these trying times? Where they moved by ungodly ambitioins? I do not have the answers I am just one of two that survived Since I am the only one who stands here literate I have been tasked with writing this here orbituary
Iavan Pijoos & Lerato Sajako on16 September 2016. Viewed on the 27 October 2016 http://m.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/watch-trapped-illegal-miners-sneak-out-before-cops-arrive-20160912.