I have so much more money in my bank
For all of this, I have you to thank!
I'm saving money at a rate of knots
By the time I'm 40, I'll really have lots!
I can't spend it on fags, fine food and fair
'Cos when I go to TM, the shelves are all bare!
Other shops are quite empty of tempting treats
Who needs dairy products, cokes or sweets?
Standing all day in the queue for maize meal
Mean's I don't have to work - wow, what a deal!
I see all my mates there from days gone by
We catch up on news and make plans for a braai!
I can't find any marg or oil in the shop
My bathroom scales are starting to drop!
When I put on my jeans, they fall to the floor
'Cos no sugar or flour, means no baking no more!
Now bread, it seems, is a thing of the past
But I'm not worried, 'cos I'm loosing weight fast!
There's no need to lose weight by going to a gym
Just live in Zimbabwe and you'll get real thin!
I walk everywhere; there's no fuel in my car
I'm really quite fit now, from walking so far!
I spend more time at home than ever before
This is a good thing 'cos there's always a chore!
I take time for all the positive things in life
Like my family, reading and staying out of strife!
I'm coping quite well; so it just goes to show
That living with shortages is not such a blow!
Anonymous, Mutare, Zimbabwe
19 October 2007
Why People Stay in Zimbabwe
This is a question I am often asked - Zim is often in the news these days - and there is no easy answer. The poem below arrived in my email today, forwarded by our daughter Michelle, who called it 'a classic'. Maybe because it gives a hint of the resiliant spirit of many who stay living there during all the current troubles ...