WHAT'S GOING ON DAD?
What’s going on Dad? To our beautiful land?
It looks like things have got out of hand
Malls being destroyed, our country is burning
Fewer people with jobs and a decrease in earning?
What’s going on Dad? Has there been a change in this war?
The unseen of Covid now seen door to shop door
This invisible virus in its cowardly quiet
Now blazes destruction in a country wide riot.
Anger swells quickly and explodes in red blood
The first greedy thief turns into a flood
The police are outnumbered and they’ve been sidestepped
And is ‘the man in the hat’ just completely inept?
I don’t know my boy – it’s a challenging time
And it seems like again, we’ve a mountain to climb
How to take that first step when all seems broken and bust
And shattered dreams scattered all covered in dust.
How do I help dad, what can I do?
I’ve no military training and I don’t have a clue
Well, my girl, not all weapons are made with cold metal
A deep breath outside might help you to settle.
Then look around and take note of stories of hope
How extraordinary people find new ways to cope
Because pockets of light are appearing each morning
And the night’s always darkest before the sun’s dawning.
Use the armour of kindness to disarm the next
If you’re missing your mates, then send them a text
Count your blessings today, though nothing seems right
There are many out there who won’t eat tonight.
When a few nasty elements sow death and disunity
The answer, as always, lies in community
Some are standing together and facing this storm
They have the answers as to how to transform.
In this freezing cold Winter they’re standing so brave
In the glare of this enemy, and the third Covid wave
They show us what’s possible, when together we stand
And it’s only together that we’ll rebuild our land.
Though we see smoking fires and hear vandalized glass
Just know this my children: ‘This too shall pass’
And one more thing you can do to show that you care
Hold South Africa close in both deed and in prayer.