Dennis Brutus

Dennis Brutus was an apartheid fighter. He quasi-singlehandedly got apartheid South Africa barred from participating in the Olympic Games. Mr Brutus was born in Zimbabwe to South African parents, and has been a prisoner on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and other fighters were also imprisoned. Dennis Brutus says,

"Train Journey

Along the miles of steel
that span my land
threadbare children stand
knees ostrich bulbous on their reedy legs,
their empty hungry hands
lifted as if in a prayer."

© Dennis Brutus