This is a book

David Kapp, Belthorn Estate

thecountry’s emperor

informs the nation

(traditional sound-bytes

punctuate his promotion)

No doubt he is aware

of the CECD’s Book Drive

(many children do not

have books or access

to books in their ECDs)

No doubt he is aware

there are officially

781 million illiterate

adults in the world

most of them women

No doubt he is aware

of the ELRU campaign

for a book in every home

they reminding us that 1000s

of children do not have

a book to read at home

(almost 90%

of our children

do not read)

The country’s emperor

promotes books

he speechifying

with a book in hand

(might capital now flow)

This is a book

he states he declares

he reveals he asserts

he proclaims he pronounces

he announces he affirms

Now we all know

Might the Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU), the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD) and countless reading and writing and literacy programmes (and libraries too) be chuffed at a heads-up from high up, as exhibited on national television, Thursday November 9.