In Tamboerskloof

In Tamboerskloof by Elizabeth Trew

the echo of drums – slaves on the tamboer
and troops marching to military beat
moves across Signal Hill in a forest of cloud

drifts down to Victorian houses and blocks of flats
settles on roads and the fields beneath

a slender girl crosses a road by the traffic lights
a pregnant woman waits for the bus on route 56

rain caresses the Java fig
palms hang over crumbling walls
the avocado drinks the stream under my house
drums her fruit on the roof

jaywalkers, joggers dice with cars up the kloof
bergies rummage in dustbins at the corner shop

Andre’s black pig Conchita trots down Military Road
James guards the cars and dreams of his country


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