Cape Town is burning
The fire rages within
My heart cries with the flames
leaping over our memories
in the landscape of our youth
I'm grasping at the smoking sounds
Sounds of curiosity
where knowledge meets intellect meets reading
into lines of texts and subtexts
Jammie steps meeting Jagger library
Libraries of our lives
The chapters and passages and volumes
That danced over Cape Town
Dancing still through waves of connection
Connecting to the sights
that cloud our eyes
Table Mountain bellowing in its cloth
Spread wide a canopy of love
Love that knows no bounds
We reach across oceans
in prayers and gratitude
For Cape Town mother soil
The soil of toil
Of all we worked toward
When campus burned
And where to run
Running round the slopes of Rhodes
And changing names
The winds set light
To all we need to see
The sight of fires raging
In our hearts and minds
Cape Town you burn so strong within
The passion of our souls
Solely Cape Town we will never leave you
We'll lift each fragment of our past
To paint together from the ashes
An archive of the future
A future that will heal and blend
The colours leaping
Lapping gently wholly now
The oceans of our time as one
© Clare Dembovsky
My love of Cape Town. My love of UCT. As student. As performer. As lecturer. As conference speaker. Cape Town we are with you, always, no matter where we are in the world.
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