Zimbabwe Drums


Zimbabwe Drums

The drums are calling you old man, and grow louder by the day.
They are calling you to judgment, it’s now your time to pay,
For the wrongs you’ve done Zimbabwe, the trust which you betrayed.
So hear those drums a pounding, hear well, and be afraid!

The drums are calling you old man, and grow louder by the day.
For The cries of those you murdered, simply will not pass away,
In a land we called Rhodesia, Twas truly ‘God’s own land’,
You trashed it with your gluttony and evil thieving hand.

The drums are calling you old man, and grow louder by the day,
You starved your kinfolk of their food; the meek, your favoured prey,
With all your years of tyranny and lavish trips abroad,
Their proud heritage you squandered, through patronage and fraud.

The drums are calling you old man; and grow louder by the day
For your fellow brothers in Africa, are now ashamed to say.
That Cholera, poverty and starvation, are the heritage you’ve left.
Your end won’t come from cowardly Africa, but from civil unrest

The drums are calling you old man, and grow louder by the day,
The drums have sound their verdict; listen well to what they say,
For they foretell of your demise, and they have much to tell.
So hear the drums, old man, and listen to them well.

The drums are calling you old man, and grow louder by the day
Your ‘war vets’ have abandoned you, to flee another way
Now listen to those drums old man their message is not vague
They are pounding out across the world “We’ll see you in the Hague!!”

The drums are calling you old man; your country is in revolt,
You cannot blame the Western world; it is your entire fault.
Vultures circle overhead, they have come to feast on you,
Songomas have thrown the bones… now drink their witches brew

The drums are calling you old man, and grow louder by the day.
Now in your dying pain wracked days, what have you now to say,
For all your sinful wickedness; your heinous acts and theft.
I ask you old, pathetic, man…what legacy have you left?

Alf Hutchison
Rhodesian and South African Poet

Marthinus Strydom

Marthinus is a venture capitalist and private equity investor. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MJS Capital Group.

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