The Sun on this Rubble

The Sun on this Rubble

The sun on this rubble after rain
Bruised though we must be
Some easement we require
Unarguably, though we argue against desire.
Under jackboots our bones and spirits are crunched
forced into sweat-tear-sodden slush
-noow glow-lipped by this sudden touch.

-sun-stripped perhaps, our bones may latter sing
or spell out some malignant nemesis
Sharpevilled to spearpoints for revenging

but now our pride-dumbed mouths are wide
in wordless supplications
-are grateful for the least relief from pain
-like this sun on this debris after rain

Dennis Brutus born in Salisbury, Rhodesia in 1924. He actively participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. (from Exam Focus Literature in English)


  1. stella said,

    November 5, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    What happened yesterday can be likened to what in South Africa in the apartheid era, though the realities are similar and different in many ways.

    Dennis Brutus wrote this when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and this message clear holds true to most black Americans today.

    Obama could be likened to the sun on the rubble after rain.

    Many people could not believe the reality that we are living today 11-05 08. I am estatic, elated, overjoyed and can not contain my joy.

    Kudos to the queen [Oprah].You are the real deal.You are priceless, i can go on and on and on .

  2. stella said,

    November 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Oprah, thank you for all that you have done for all and asundry.Thank you for all your support and we can carry our head high.



    March 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Am really happy happy, and kudos to the past bones. Dennis brutus is like john the baptist to the blacks about the sun to the debris. I study much about this poem and i feel so bad about the crushing and inhumanity of the blacks. A refrence to the hero, 2pac amaru shakur’s track CHANGES this gives more hope for being a black. Literature is the world prophecy. I love black. ALWAYS BELT ON BLACK. Witney snipe.

  4. Amadu Bah said,

    September 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

    i thank you 4 ur good work may the al-maighty be please with u 4 every where you are God bless you.

  5. Peter Allie said,

    March 21, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Denis Brutus is indeed an hero and had succeded in his agitations and protests.God bless you sir.


    May 18, 2010 at 11:13 am


  7. July 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Dennis brutus was really an opposition of the apartheid system

  8. Emmanuel omotolani Samuel said,

    August 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    pls,i need a clear analisis for some who understand his poem’the sun on this rubble’ cos i dont undertand it.thanks

  9. Gad said,

    August 20, 2010 at 9:53 am

    This was a poem intend to put a stop to colonialism and racism and also to empower the black African to stand firm and wait upon for nature to do it,s coures hoping that one dey as being spoke about by martin luther king black man will steer the affairs of this world and surely Obama is a black man.

  10. Eric Orsbone Manful said,

    October 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    “The sun on this rubble after rain” tells a lot about inhumanity and racial discrimination meant for Africans and the kind of suffering and struggle Africa had been through as a result of HER color but still Africa is grateful from the least easement she finds Herself.

  11. Jameslive said,

    April 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Kudos to Dennis for the wonderful work..this poem will always ring the bell of what has happened in South Africa..we are studying this poem at the moment in my school..pls i nid a critical analysis of this poem

  12. Adeleke Oladapo said,

    August 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    it’s a nice and rich work, thanks to Brutus

  13. josephine said,

    August 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    this is one poem dat keeps reminding me of the inhumane experience Africans had all in the name of technological development…yet today,Africans stil colonize Africans. LORD HAVE MERCY.

  14. sugar said,

    September 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    One of d best poems ever written

  15. Olawale said,

    February 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

    When i was in school i studied this because of the examination then ..but now I have studied it again with my plain brain and I give kudos to Brutus for the nice work ..literature is really another prophecy.I love my color

  16. April 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    This poem simply describes the suffering of the South African‘s during the time of Nelson Mandela.

  17. September 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I need the analysis of this poem ‘the sun on this rubble by Dennis Brutus

  18. SOLOMON said,

    September 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Now that I have been cleared. I thank Those who cleared me and more elbows to Sir, Dennis for his wonderful job. This means that there is still Hope for the hopeless. Since Black Obama could made it, we must make it in Jesus name ! Amen!!

  19. Zealous white said,

    September 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I love the poem, it make me to believe there’s still ye me

  20. Gabisco said,

    October 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    the poem calls on to remember me of the sayings of Dr Nkrumah who said black man is capable of managing his own affair

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