The Circus to South Africa Written for J. Stanley Sanders (years ago)

South Africa

While we were at the circus making smiling faces

You were in South Africa bandaging the races

While we were at the circus playing Auntie and being mom

You were in South Africa cooling down war drums

While we were at the circus seeing fanfare

You were in South Africa showing that you cared

While we were at the circus eating cotton candy and things

You were in South Africa planning new beginnings

Therefore I made you this plate, to remind you of the fate

you’re trying to create in a different place.  And it is as simple

as a smiling face at the circus

However, do not think that I don’t know that the elephants

cannot dance,  the ponies cannot prance

and the clowns cannot play.

As long as people cry and die in South Africa

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