LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Breath of law" by Inga Ntantala

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LAW FOR ALL recently hosted a writing competition called "Write the future, right the wrongs".

The three winning entries are published on LAW FOR ALL’s website. LAW FOR ALL granted LitNet permission to publish the seven other entries of the Top 10 in the coming weeks. Below is “Breath of law” by Inga Ntantala.

"Breath of law" by Inga Ntantala

Green trees, tall trees, a myriad of trees around me as I took my first breath of law.

And, as my lungs filled with legislation and regulations, my mind drifted back to a place where I had been before.

Breathe in, breathe out.

Like a grain of sand in an hourglass going up, in a daydream I reflected on how different trees sacrificed their entirety so the canvas could be glorious – not by colour, but by the content of their character.

And, sure enough, in 1996, that sacrifice came on paper containing sections detailing the Constitution of South Africa.

Breathe in, breathe out.

Now each grain descends in the sands of time, and although mediated, a consensus is reached with the Prince of Persia.

To show a glimpse of a righteous world of law in the foreseeable future.

To what I perceived as hypnotic, my eyes became a chronovisor as I paged through a timeline.

And, sure enough, I stumbled upon a world filled with everything just, and where souls align.

Breathe in, breathe out.

In this world, my soul ascended to an eagle’s flight.

And, as it soared among the clouds, it saw a blind man’s depiction of love at first sight. You see, it might have had sore eyes as it bore witness to a world after all man fought for law ...

A reciprocated gesture for now its law for all.

And unwritten tales of how phobias became extinct are passed from generation to generation.

A new world order where inequality ceases to exist.

Despite what it used to be in medieval times, plagued with corrupt politicians, gender-based violence and oppression.

In this world, each person is protected by an armour of rights, and all who infringe shall face the smite of justice for their transgression.

This world hides no judgement with tradition or religion.

And, despite their previous, or current, pronoun, when he joins hands with him, we all respect and celebrate their civil union.

Where an injury to one is an injury to all, as they are each other in magnitude and bond.

Intact with their own beliefs and morals of an essence and presence that make you believe in God.

Baobab tree, buffalo thorn, jackalberry, antimalarial tree, umhlonyane galore.

My mind drifts back to sobriety. I descend and reiterate my opening statement as I take

my first breath of law.

Read an interview with Jackie Nagtegaal on the outcome of the competition.

The winning entry of the competition was: "When I dream of a future" by Belita Andre

The second prize went to "The image of justice: a double duplex", by Nomyezo Mqhele

Third prize went to "The commute", by Sesetu Holomisa

Herewith the names of the Top 10 entries:

  • "Exit" by Maretha Maartens
  • "Green" by Naomi Meyer
  • "Breath of law" by Inga Ntantala
  • "Say something" by Harry Owen
  • "Brave" by Monicca Rampine
  • "When justice meant the world had to stop, so Ayanda could dream" by Sumayya Mohamed
  • "Nqo" by Siyabulela Javu

LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Brave" by Monnica Rampine

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