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A Verandah Ceremony

E A Markham


A Verandah Ceremony

E A Markham


Poem introduction

I read this poem in Uganda and I presented it as a lament for my sister's cat, a little kitten that was trained not to go downstairs in the yard because it wasn't safe, and one day it escaped, went down into the yard and was torn apart by wild dogs. The poem is of course informed by the war that is going on in the north of Uganda, the wild dogs in fact are tearing children apart who call themselves the Lord's Resistance Army. It's called A Verandah Ceremony.

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