Travel Poems From My Dad: Vuvuzela Blues


Josh Bowman is sharing his father’s poetry all week. Today, Vuvuzela Blues.


Note: this week I am publishing a travel poetry series, all written by my dad. This is his book. Buy it if you like poems (you can also email my dad directly).
Vuvuzela Blues
(South Africa)

Listen to the roar of the Vuvuzelas

emanating from televised soccer games,

crying out for the suffering multitudes

whose own cries are not heard by the state –

a state that still represses its underclass.


Iconic “mamma cooks” are noted by their absence

from this bizarre soccer circus –

a circus fed instead by international purveyors

of mass-produced, imported faux foods.


Are we surprised to hear the Vuvuzelas

speaking up for those who can’t?


—Photo markhillary/Flickr


To read more travel poems by my dad, check out:

Delaware River Sunrise

Victoria State Bush Fires

Salt Boxes

Zen River Memories

About Josh Bowman

Josh Bowman is a professional fundraiser, story-teller, comedian, and blogger. He has worked and consulted in Vancouver, New York, and now Toronto for almost a decade. Josh improvises around Toronto, including regular shows with Opening Night Theatre, and also blogs for the Huffington Post. You can email Josh here.. If you want to know more about Josh, check this post and this post out first.

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