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Elvis and the Rock

In the enchanted expanse of the great Kalahari

Where the red sands and clay beds transported me to Mars

Where the stars bloomed like white lilies in the great galactic ocean

Set alight by the orange fires of a new dawn

In a place out of this world

I left a life behind

As I was lying on the desert floor

Hanging onto every conscious word

With the taste of blood and sand on my tongue

I learned true humility

There is no greater way to learn of gratitude

Than standing on the precipice of losing everything

I didn’t know if I would live to see another day

But I knew that I was loved

Perhaps, for the first time in my life, I knew that I was loved

Was it the ancient spirits that ordained a miracle?

Or the bleeding hearts of man that knows of loss

The ‡Khomani San saved us

In a place where our government failed us

They were there long before any of us

On the day my path crossed with Elvis and that Rock

I died and lived yet again

© 2023 Marieke de Koker Support the ‡Khomani San Thank you Dirk Pienaar and Elvis

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