1 minute read
31 Mar 2021
8:27 am

Wake up and smell the cosmos


Doom and gloom aside, the cosmos below the Northcliff Hill in Joburg show not only the beauty, but the hope nature can bring.

The Johannesburg skyline is seen in the background as wild cosmos flowers are seen in bloom in Delta Park, 29 March 2021. Picture: Michel Bega

The first part of the lines from the oft-repeated early 20th-century poem, Desiderata, by American writer Max Ehrmann, do seem uncannily applicable to present-day South Africa. “With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams” this country of ours seems, on most days, to be a lost cause. Our government – when its members are not looting on an industrial scale – seems to be trying to tear itself apart into angry factions; our economy would be in the toilet were that toilet not already broken; the races are now further apart than at any time since Nelson Mandela took office...