Siphiwe ka Ngwenya

Kliptown shantytown

dreams silenced

by the morning rain

footsteps of running commuters

kliptown shantytown

the sky loses its brains

in torrents it starts to rain

people use tables as boats

kliptown shantytown

when day is young

women wash clothes down the river

children swim like fish in dirt

kliptown shantytown

frogs croak crickets chirp children snore

and nakedness entangles with passion

till dawn