Background to the poem
In a country where labor is cheap and where less-privileged or uneducated persons seek to better themselves by escaping the village to work in the city as house boys or girls, this poem is actually typical of bosses behaving badly .
‘Anthony get me my fan!’
‘Anthony bring me my nail hardener.’
‘Come on, hurry up. Nonsense boy.’
‘Where did you go since I called you last time-back to your mother’s unproductive belly?
Please carry your smelling self out of this room now.’
‘What?’ Please will this voice loosen up!
Breath. ‘No really, I wasn’t waiting for your call!’
‘Tonight?Great. I mean, okay.’
‘I’m free, I guess. More or less’
‘’Tony, come here quickly. Do you like your madam’s nail polish?’
‘Are you sure?’ Simper.
‘’Tony, please chill some drinks –make it a real good mix. I’m expecting ... (giggle)
‘My dear Anthony, did you see where I put those newspapers from work?’
‘Ah hah, Tony, how many containers of soup are left in the freezer? Please check now.’
‘Did you remember to rinse the mud off the tyres? Anyway no rush- do it after you’ve fed the dog.’
‘Anthony, what is going on?’
‘Where are you?’
‘My flannel is stinking of urine or have I gone mad?’
‘And my Gossamer Shaver is jammed with heel scrapings!’
‘Where is Anthony? Are these not the drinks I asked him to chill?’
‘Anthony! Anthony! What! Why is this dog comatose in the driveway?’
‘Where are you?’
‘Where is my car?’
African Classic Writing
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