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Charika Swanepoel Emailsymbol
School of Languages, North-West University, South Africa


Swanepoel, C., 2018, ‘Something of a song for Stephen Gray’, Literator 39(1), a1454. https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v39i1.1454


Something of a song for Stephen Gray

Charika Swanepoel

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Your stance and the ferocity of your frown
shows that you know, that you’ve always known,
exactly who Stephen Gray should truly be.
I envy you this surety of self
but, of course, that’s only the Italian you.
The ‘accident of your birth’, here at home,
still ripples on, still doubts itself sometimes,
still stumbles, yet shares that same forthrightness.
Between local talk, Adamastor, and Shelley,
I’ve found you and have made you my own.
Though I hate your love of popular politics
and complacent academic air,
I look at you there,
in that photo Giovanni took,
and I see my own truth,
our truth.

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