Jonny Norridge

Jonny Norridge: artist/designer

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Townships and shopping malls

The following poem was written on a visit to Cape Town. I was struck by how the city behaves as a microcosm of the wider world; with global culture and wealth, living next to extreme poverty. I would say, “rubbing shoulders with poverty” — but that would be an exaggeration, as the people are isolated from each other by security gates, walls, cars, and most of all fear. One day this came into focus as we visited the massive township of Khayelitsha, and from there we were taken to the southern hemisphere’s largest shopping mall — the contrast couldn’t have been more disturbing.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever

One point eight million
living all their tomorrows
in corrugated shacks. A settlement
formalised as township.
Over the wall
we shop beneath golden arches.
Filling eyes, bellies and bags
with todays fads.
Whilst a man
pushes his trolley
through aisles of suburban bins
feasting on our yesterdays.
Blessed are the poor.

By: J.P.Norridge

Filed under: Projects / Poetry & Prose

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