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2003

 

Children's Song
Lithograph
285mm (width) X 380mm (height)

 

SOLDIERS' POEM
Lithograph
285mm (width) X 380mm (height)

Anarchy Signs

  • Children's Song

     

    The sign of anarchy has hidden within its crude lines a children's song from the Anglo-Boer War. It is probably the best known children's song in Afrikaans. Its rather shocking and senseless words are:

     

    Siembamba - mamma se kindjie
    Siembamba - mamma se kindjie
    Draai sy nek om gooi hom in die sloot
    Trap op sy kop dan is hy dood
    Siembamba - mommy's little baby

    Siembamba - mommy's little baby
    Wring his neck and dump him in the ditch
    Stomp on his head and he will be dead

     

    SOLDIERS' POEM

     

    A roughly scratched symbol of anarchy that hides a soldiers' poem in very small writing. The poem declares just what was expected of the British soldier at the time of the Anglo-Boer War - never to question any orders and a senseless surrender of conscience.

     

    Their's not to make reply,
    Their's not to reason why,
    Their's but to do and die:
    (Alfred, Lord Tennyson The Charge of the Light Brigade 1855)