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This is another piece inspired by Dear Reader… :)
When i was young we had to make posters for art that were decorated to describe us. I took a flight eye cover and stuck a black persons eye and then a white persons eye on top to show how unified i was! so when springcleaning we discovered this. i ripped off the mask and took pics as it reminded me of this wonderful song that represents how in South Africa we are all the same, all African… Its a beautiful song that is so true singing a white persons sentiments towards the black population.

The Same

Land, land of my birth
Are you my mother
Or am I an orphan?

Where, where do I belong?
Will I find a place in this world
Or forever just wander around?

Southern hemisphere
How did I end up here?
I have nowhere to go
This is the only home that I know
Such a great divide
Between you and I
How i wish it would go
I live in a place in my mind

No, I don’t listen to Kwaito, wasn’t born in Soweto
I don’t understand you
But I want you to know

Same, we’re both the same
We share the same heart
We’re made of the same parts

Please don’t look at me that way
I already live with the guilt that I own
From my forefather’s past
Does this land belong to the tribes who engraved Her stones with stories of old?
They’re long gone you know
Now this is our home

I want to strip you down to the core
Take off your shirt, hat, shoes and trousers
Erase my head, all the books that I’ve read
The language I speak, the customs you keep
Keep on going right down to the heart
To the pain that is yours, the pain that is ours
Tell you it’s all going to be alright
Is it going to be alright?

Heal, can you heal?
Heal, oh, can you heal?
Heal, oh, mother, can you heal?
Or am I an orphan?
Forever a stranger here

Same, we’re both the same
We share the same heart
We’re made of the same parts

(And no, its not a teenager ninja turtle impression Shoaib!)

This is only the song, not the music video

Youtube:video_http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ87RvDDISY

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  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    I Love your wanting to touch all of life with your Being.. This story and your understanding of heart touches me deeply.. I have lived around the world and feel same .. Brava in bringing this to our attention!!

  • Thank you Lina! Im glad you feel the same and i too am touched that you were touched! We are all the same underneath, beautiful and unique! :) xx

    – Fiona Christensen

  • Rachel Leigh
    Rachel Leighover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Fiona!

  • Thank you Rachel! :) x

    – Fiona Christensen

  • ShadowDancer
    ShadowDancerover 4 years ago

    gosh fiona, i completely utterly truly love the message in this… i am with lina.. i’ve been to many parts of the world and it was so liberating – it made me feel a connection to humanity.. in the states we have a huge diversity and i revel in it… i wish everyone could feel that connection, and i’m thrilled to find people like you that also have that connection of unity.

  • Thank you so much! Your words are so true! living in a country like South Africa where we have such diversity i have learnt to live with many cultures and races and its opened my eyes and heart to humanity and how we all grieve for the same things and laugh at the same things, how we are all the same underneath. :) xx

    – Fiona Christensen

  • Th3rd World Order
    Th3rd World Orderover 4 years ago

    awesome work

  • Thank you so much! :)

    – Fiona Christensen

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 4 years ago

    Wow mate, when I saw this as your profile pic, I thought it was just your eyes from another photo stuck on top, and that it was a dig at superficiality. This is on a whole other level my friend. The message, the delivery, all so powerful. I completely agree with you and am very proud of everything you stand for. After my visit to South Africa, I understand how important this message is. Time heals all wounds, but I hope this generation can speed up the heal time and bring everything back together again.

  • Ah Andrew! Thanks so much mate! Its great that you totally understand my sentiments! hahaha! Well that could be another way of looking at it! haha! Thanks again for your brilliant comment! :)

    – Fiona Christensen

  • SlayerX
    SlayerXover 4 years ago

    nice

  • Thank you Junior! :)

    – Fiona Christensen

  • kontoes
    kontoesover 4 years ago

    really special work. i like work that is alive.

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! :)

    – Fiona Christensen

  • dogsbody
    dogsbodyabout 4 years ago

    very nice ;)

  • thank you :)

    – Fiona Christensen

  • gobucki
    gobuckialmost 4 years ago

    Would love to see this added to the Portrait Masters Group

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