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Kobus Moolman

Self-portrait with Big Hands  |   The Cost of Living  |  When there is no food

Self-portrait with Big Hands

His big hands

dreamed beneath the blankets.

started out the day thirsty.

rolled a bandage between them.

avoided making eye contact in the lift.

caught the moon in mid-sentence.

watched themselves burn all day.



The Cost of Living*

1 litre milk
1 kg sugar
1 kg rice
1 kg maize meal
1 kg sugar beans
1 kg samp
1 loaf bread
1 dozen eggs
1 kg minced beef
1 kg chicken
1 kg washing powder
500ml bleach Jik
500ml Handy Andy
1 cake of soap
R3.99
R4.69
R7.25
R2.99
R7.99
R3.39
R3.10
R8.95
R23.82
R23.65
R18.99
R6.49
R6.99
R2.89



When there is no food*

What i do
when there is no food in the house
is to put water on the stove
and to leave it to boil
as if i am going to put
some mealie meal into it,
then we drink
the water
and go to bed.


* found poems: "The Partnership", Youth for Christ publication, June 2003