FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Poet of the Week from Lesotho: Rethabile Masilo

Poet of the Week from Lesotho: Rethabile Masilo
     I've followed Masilo's blog "Poefrika" for a while now.   He puts out some great original material that's always a pleasure to read.  Case in point is a recent poem he wrote below.  You can also follow him on twitter at @RethabileESL.

Winter II

'Everyone loves a story. Let's begin with a house.'
~Philip Levine

One day when winter
had snuck into the house,
in the shadow of the poor,
telling them with wind
how to gather at its feet
and tremble, the aged and the new
who hardly knew how to cower from the cold
for never ever having run from anything,
among them several
who deserve respect
on account of age, all
the epaulettes pinned to their souls,
winter tried to push them too
over the edge into the universe.

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