“All Things Being [Not] Equal” by Makhanda Senzangakhona

Makhanda Senzangakhona | Feb 5th, 2019 | poetry | 1 Comment


We had a professor
Of economics
He insistently refused
Naming the economics
He was feeding us,
He preferred not to name economics;
For “if we found value in his teaching”,
His task would’ve been done, he said.
He was supped in Geneva
dined in Myanmar and
Lunched in London
Now we know,
It’s called, “The Washington Consensus”:
Privatisation in “Least Developed Countries” (LDCs).
“Sell the silver ware”
Institute Stabilisation
Stop spending on social services
Embrace Structural Adjustment
with or without a “human face”
The end justifies the means
Nicolo Machiavelli is dead
Long live his means
“Inflation hurts the poor”
The currency is medium for all
It serves a purpose
and deserves protection
Let alone that some
have yet to hear of it
And see the big men’s signature.
We’ve yet to smell it’s scent
Let alone touch it’s texture.
Or feel it’s weight in our pockets.
Preferably, in the baskets
In our hands, following the queues
and ringing tills.
God, if you be for all of us,
Why can’t things be-

Poet Bio

Makhanda Senzangakhona is the nome de guerre and pen name for Paul Oupa Serekele Ramachela. The author has retained the use of both names because he does not wish to be lost to his comrades nor become an alien to his family, and relations. Previously published poems, short stories and other narratives have appeared in the following publications, amongst others, Staff Rider, Rixaka, Mayibuye, Mrabulo and Black Letter Media-Poetrypotion. 
The author has served in various roles in and outside SA; until recently he was a senior public servant.

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