GolgothaGeorgia is a Staffie that was re-homed when its owners had to move.
Georgia came to this little boy
She understood his secrets:
Why he needed to lie on roofs
Why he refused to learn to read
Why he shredded his shoes
Why he was not a joiner
Why he preferred his spinach sandy
Why he did not fear snakes
Why one explores the krans
Why the Parzival legend was his favourite story.
For hours they’d be gone.
His parents trusted she’d protect him
The cobra was six foot long.
He came to understand:
Snakes can kill.
He insisted: carried her himself,
staggering under her weight.
We buried her on the krans.
Seldom such selfless sacrifici
From: McGregor Poetry Festival 2014 Anthology
First published in 2015 by African Sun Press
in association with The McGregor Poetry Festival Committee
Suenel Bruwer-Holloway lives in McGregor. Her plays have been performed at the Grahamstown Festival, in Britain and America. Her satire Cry Sis! Identity was published by Junkets in the Short, Sharp and Snappy Series. She raises children, cooks vast meals, walks dogs, teaches, does laundry, writes and gardens every day.
Suenel Bruwer-Holloway: Neighbours from The Ground’s Ear published by Quickfox, Cape Town, 2011. Hardcover ISBN 978-1-920-52619-1. Softcover ISBN 978-0-620-51665-5.