I remember the smell of those days,
Bobotie* thick with foreignness,
Janet and John books, so alien in their Englishness.
Isolation, separation,others. Trusting no one in this strange land.
Assimilation came through friends and boyfriends
Their parents not knowing what to make of
this strange, “pretty” olive girl.
And me not knowing what
to make of myself
(written 17th Jan 2013)
*BOBOTIE is a Cape-Malay dish