Boggel Closes Shop – for today

Credit: Zimdiaspora.com

Credit: Zimdiaspora.com

It was a collective decision, to honour the model and follow the news of the court case. To say Rolbos is in a state of shock, is an understatement. Never before, in the history of this little story-town, has it been read by so many people in so many countries. Some opinions were aired. Little arguments threatened to ignite in the already heavy atmosphere. The silence now is resigned and complete. In this hour, there is nothing more to do, nothing more to say.

In the days to come, events will dictate how the tragedy will be judged. The court will listen to arguments both logical and ridiculous. Whenever the verdict is given, some will still argue about the details of the fairness of the judgement. The patrons in Boggel’s Place will follow these developments with some interest and maybe comment on it from time to time.

But now,on this day which carries the double burden of a final goodbye and the start of a trial, we take off our hats. Words fail to find a way of expressing the emotion contained in these terrible hours. It is a time to reflect on the brutal nature of society and the terrible emptiness of loss.

Gertruida asks that people must stop saying this is symptomatic of the current state of affairs in South Africa. There are people in Delhi, Newtown, Norway, Syria, Palestine and many other places that will nod their heads if she states it is a global situation. Evil is universal and as active in Africa as it is elsewhere.

There’ll be no party in Boggel’s Place today. The little group composed the poem that is posted to the door.

They’ say their goodbyes under the southern sun

While we shed our tears for losing a golden son;

The grieving will pass but the war has begun

The judgment begins,

On quiet legs and blades that no longer run.

And you, the beauty we’ll hold in our heart

We’ll look at the pictures with a shake of the head

Snatched away by a fatal false start

We’re left

With only memories instead.

To family and friends we can only say

This is a tragedy, a very sad day

May you (like us all, we believe)

Find peace

In this hour of grief.

“Pie Jesu” Latin Lyrics
Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Sempiternam
Sempiternam
Requiem

“Pie Jesu” English Lyrics
Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
everlasting
everlasting
Rest

16 thoughts on “Boggel Closes Shop – for today

  1. Felicity-Ann

    Clamávi, lacrima – nam vita iam abiissent
    Clamávi, lacrima – nam gens filius

    I cried a tear – for a life now gone
    I cried a tear – for a nation’s son

    Felicity-Ann McInnes
    ©2013

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      1. Amos van der Merwe Post author

        Thanks Mia. No, I didn’t know her, either. But beauty (not just facial form or certain bodily proportions, real beauty) is something we all appreciate. And when evil strikes a telling blow, great sadness ensues.

  2. lidiatheron

    Dis maar selde dat ons as volk saamstaan, maar hierdie is so ‘n geleentheid. Ons huil saam en is verskeurd. Oscar is ons almal se seun, Reeva ons almal se dogter en God weet, ek is dankbaar dat ek nie een se ma is nie.

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  3. scrapydo

    Hier is dit ook voorblad nuus en die kommentaar wat gemaak word is als dieselfde. Dit is egter n gebeurtenis wat onherroeplik mense verander. Mag daar krag van bo kom vir die betrokkenes.

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