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(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


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


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