Spring 1993 • Vol. XV No. 2 Poetry: Dramatic Voices |

To the Unknown Dutch Postcard-Sender (1988)

I Your Groeten uit Holland postcard, with Five pictures, dear unknown fighter for My freedom, should not have arrived here Really; first, your shameless address: There are too many villages "NEAR ZOMBA, MALAWI," for anything to even stray into Mikuyu Prison; then, I hear, with those Bags upon bags of protest letters, papers, Books, literary magazines, postcards, Telexes, faxes and what not, received at Central Sorting Office Limbe Post Office Everyday, later dispatched to my Headmaster And his henchpersons and the Special Branch and their informers to burn, file Or merely sneer at and drop in dustbins; Your postcard had no business reaching Mikuyu Prison. And how did you guess I Had recently signed my Detention Order (No. 264), October 21, and I desperately Desired some other solidarity signature To stand by (to give me courage and cheer) However Dutch, however enigmatic, stamped Roosendaal, posted Den Haag 23 Oktober 1988, to buttress this shattered spirit, And these mottled ba

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