i don’t hate my skin

i don’t hate my skin

For some reason this stuff seems to be on my mind. The other day i wrote a poem called ‘Whiteness’ which you can read over here. And i have a piece that i wrote when i was helping out with an exam the other day while waiting for my learner to write her paper. Which i haven’t looked at again, but similar theme.

And then i was working on this piece. i would love to Spoken Word if ‘Spoken Word’ is the verb meaning to be able to ‘Spoken Word’. But let’s face it, the Improv word vomits i do tend to be better in the moment than the words i try to craft and create. So i need a lot of work.

But it’s a start, and if i’m ever going to get better then i guess i just need to go for it. So i hope you will be gentle. Although i would love to hear your brutally honest thoughts and response to this piece [well, some of you].

It’s called ‘I don’t hate my skin’ and is a Brett Fish original:

Yes? No? Don’t give up my day job… share some thoughts in the comments…

By |2018-06-26T15:35:41+00:00June 26th, 2018|pain and Hope, poems and other creativity, South Africa|6 Comments

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Brett Fish is a lover of life, God, tbV [the beautiful Valerie] and owns the world's most famous stuffed dolphin, No_bob (who doesn't bob). He believes that we are all responsible for making the world a significantly better place for everyone.


  1. Nick June 27, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Really good dude

  2. […] hand at a kind of spoken word piece with the title, ‘i don’t hate my skin’ which you can watch over here. But i thought some of you might appreciate having a closer look at the words and here they […]

  3. Kev June 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Do you agree with land expropriation without compensation? In all cases? Example for you agree that state must own a house in plumstead that someone paid a bond for 20 years? Should this then go to the state? I think people don’t mind too much snout huge farms or vast areas, but house is the main issue. I think this is causing people to worry. Can you clarify this? This is eff policy. But land expropriation was already agreed in 1994, but ANC did not do it fast enough. Please let us know.

    • brettfish June 28, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      hey Kev, great question. To be honest i don’t really know enough about that but i would say probably not in all cases but definitely in some. Personally i am all for everyone with a holiday house having that expropriated because the idea of someone having a spare house while people live in shacks and worse just doesn’t sit well with me. Or people with ridiculous mansions. But then i have very different views on money than most capitalistic minded people who seem to be okay with the rampant inequality in the world whereas it completely bugs me despite not necessarily knowing the best ways to help shift things. So ja, any ideas on what might be a fair way of proceeding with that?

  4. Kev June 28, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Shew who can say. Okay let’s try. Big farms, the workers should get a share. Depends on how long there worked there. I’d like to see this. They must have land and communaly work the farm. Next is holiday houses, I’d say expropriation but willing buyer seller with compensation as they did work to pay this house so it’s a bit unjust to take it. Houses in suburbs no i think. Too many with bonds. It will cause problems with banks. Also property market will be finished. Open land in big areas must be identified like up the coast. Make new cities from scratch with good pipes, wiring, Fibre. Then houses. Then people can move in. It must be done controlled. So I think “education cities”, a new city is built, say 20000 move in. They farm and have houses, town buildings like city office, schools maybe 5 schools, a hospital or two. So a Town plan or RDP Town. Do you understand? My thoughts.

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