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BREYTEN

(Based on a poem by Eduardo Galeano)

He was called Breyten: Breyten Breytenbach

Condemned to death in a prison in Pretoria

He was the only white man

Among many black people

Condemned

Every dawn an execution

Death leaked

Moments before the ground was opened

The condemned used to sing a last song

Those songs of the ones who were going to die

Woke Breyten up,

Every day a different one

Breyten avoided the gallows

But never again those songs

Condemned

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