“Squatters”

by Pam Newham

I could tell what you’d say
when you heard I was from
Hout Bay.
“Such a beautiful place.
Pity about the squatters.”

Underweight babies
Bleak-eyed children
Tik-enraged teens
Despairing mothers
Defeated fathers

Yes, it is a pity.

But I know that’s not
what you meant.

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