And so the land is lost

And so the land was lost

It now stands vacant

A place holder, like a space bar 
And so the land was lost 

The people too

District Six remains a place on a map

A memory, an urgent reminder of the Group Areas Act
And so the land was lost

Others ask you to forget 

And they describe it as a loss
And so the land was lost

And we write articles, poems, plays

Still the land remains lost 

And the people….
The people know, the people do,

That the land was taken from them and that, cannot be so easily forgiven

The people experience the pain of regret, of a life lived well or lived harshly

People who were born, lived and died in District Six and then were asked, no not asked, then forced to be born, to live and to die everywhere else but in District Six.
And so the land is lost and pain becomes the story.
Rose-Anne Reynolds

*50 plus years ago my mother and her family lived in District Six, 50 years ago they were forcibly removed from District Six, it is one generation ago for me. The pain has become part of my story. 

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About Rose-Anne Reynolds

I am head of Inclusive Support at Pinelands North Primary School in Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa. I am passionate about inclusion, children, embracing diversity, multilingualism, tolerance, joy and love in abundance. I am married to Brandan Reynolds who is an editorial cartoonist and political commentator, we have two children Kai and Ella.
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2 Responses to And so the land is lost

  1. Yolandi says:

    Beautifully written and so moving, Rose-Anne!

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