Self Portrait

Another one by Bessie Head

Idealist,

And low down,

Apathetic

Indifferent earth worm;

Plunging, leaping,

Flickering, wavering,

Stammering, hesitating,

Bold, reckless, impatient;

Static, placid,

Of no certain direction;

Isolated, like driftwood

On the tossing, heaving ocean –

Flung to the top of a high-sounding,

Dazzling wave

Engulfed in the anonymous depths;

Oh Contradiction!

THAT IS I

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