Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

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Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

WRITING

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WALL

PAINTING

Ivan Vladislavić

On the pavement outside No. 10 Blenheim:

a tall man whose splattered overall and

abstracted demeanour spoke of long

experience in house-painting. He had

spread a strip of plastic at the foot of the

garden wall, beneath our Ndebele mural,

and was stirring a tin of painwith a stick.

The mural must have been two or three

years old by then. He’s touching up the

cracks, I told myself hopefully, although it

was obvious what he was really doing. As I

drew near, he laid the stick across the top of

the tin and went to stand on the other side

of the street. Like a woodsman sizing up a

tree, just before he chopped it down.

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Artwork: Esther Mahlangu, 2002

I couldn’t watch. I went on to the Gem to

fetch the paper. Coming home, I nearly

made a detour along Albemarle Street to

avoid the scene entirely, but it had to be

faced.

MAY DAY 2016

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