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«Ode to the unknown

In remembrance of the 77 lives lost on July 22nd in Norway, Ny Tid columnist Ethel Kabwato (Harare, Zimbabwe) has written the poem below: «Ode to the unknown – After the terror in Norway».


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Ethel Irene Kabwato is a teacher and author in Harare. She is a member of «Zimbabwe Women Writers», and the leader of «Slum Cinema» in Harare. Kabwato writes exclusively for Ny Tid.

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After the terror

Light a candle for her

Wherever you are

Lay down your wreath

On the stone cold pavement

When the sun has faded

And you can no longer see

Her smiling face

In the hallway

And on the street where

You live

Turn down the lights

Light a torch

And show them

The way to Utøya

We will meet her there

This summer

In the deep blue waters,

Her smiling face

Now gone

But the flowing waters,

A reminder of the fullness

Of her youthful life

Memories of her vivacity

Drawing us closer

To the life

She lived…

When red roses float

On the water

We will sing with you

Across the miles

The warm African sun

Will embrace the dark Oslo cloud

We will sing with the wind

Across the miles

And whisper a prayer

In our own language

For the people we know

We will someday, somewhere,

Meet in spirit.

By Ethel Irene Kabwato


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