The London Recruits

Words exploded onto streets
with all the rage,
Imprisoned mouths to sheets
stained white and black.

Secrets toured in bags,
Hidden at the bottom,
Strapped to backs that
quietly crossed borders

through the other queue,
Unnoticed into waiting car
and away from a fear
in stark, bright-lit room.

Voices stood proud and
echoed from distant city,
With silent faces that
vanished into pale crowds.

Words exploded onto streets
with all the rage,
Imprisoned mouths to sheets
stained white and black.


The above is a brief retelling of the story of a group of young activists from Britain who, when asked to put themselves at risk of imprisonment, torture or even death in South African prisons, accepted the call to fight against apartheid. Later, some of them told their stories in a book titled The London Recruits, which is an excellent read and far better than my poetry, and I implore you to give it a read by clicking any part of this text.

The London Recruits

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