Johannesburg International

Gloomy faces…
leaving sunny homeland
with as much as
they can carry
in suitcases
and duty-free bags.
Farewell coffees
under foreign tv-channels
announcing first world
values.
Familiar Afrikaans chatter
bounces off
American-brand,
neon-lit marble walls.
Shiny, new, ordered
and clean…
so unlike what I
have experienced inbetween!!

                                      - Johannesburg, 2002