The listening Olympics
We’ve heard it all before
but even so, we ask for more.
It’s a bit hazy now, but we remember that:
someone peed on her feet to keep them warm
someone’s so clever he only has one friend
someone looked in rubbish bins for a book
someone wore a miniskirt while reporting a riot
someone stopped a mugger by asking how he was
someone has an unusually high number of Neanderthal genes
someone hit his wife for wanting a hot water tap in the kitchen
and one of you found a new-born baby in the morning tide;
you held her against your breast; she lives.
Many of you say: ‘I’ve never told anyone this before’
or: ‘Why am I telling you this?’
There is no end to what we can take in at one sitting.
We have had many hearings; we no longer discriminate.
This is the listening Olympics,
you are team South Africa
and this is your captain,