Academic journal article Antipodes

Veronika on the Gold Coast

Academic journal article Antipodes

Veronika on the Gold Coast

Article excerpt

You must have wondered

at your sentence; to be sent

from Köln to the Gold Coast

to learn the clarinet. A boy

soon asked what "that thing" was,

but you knew boys everywhere

were dumb, though here

brain death was endemic.

You did love the beach

until it was a prison

and you fancied the boys

until they spoke of engines;

you were sweet and serious and even

loved the heat and sun

until you knew it never stopped

as no one ever seemed to take an interest.

It was not arrogance that made you

laugh in a shopping mall of glass

where the minister for culture

had erected a plastic David,

but rather, sadness and fear

that you might soon dissipate

to become as hollow as their cars,

or vapid as the burning sand. …

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