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Africa my Africa
by Toris Okotie

Monday, January 06, 2003
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Africa my Africa
Africa my motherland
Mother or Fatherland
Childless you went almost
But he that intervened
The God of all nations

Africa my Africa
Mother of nations great
Nigeria in the west
Ethiopia in the east remains
With labor pangs
You brought them forth

Africa my Africa
Father of Egypt
To the north, be so planted
And Zimbabwe, the south remains
And for Africa that mothered them all

Africa my Africa
Your discovery had brought you pains
Children and grandchildren
To the great sea you lost
Continents with them were fed

Africa my Africa
In Vain labor no more
Loose a child, but to no one
Your great nations do protect
For he shall intervene
When you cry for help

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Reviewed by Dove (Reader) 5/4/2003
A beautiful song put in a poem..Write more Please..!

Dove ~
Reviewed by Rukiya Faizah (Reader) 2/4/2003
yes! "AFrica my Africa" !!! I love this piece and your descriptive quality is excellent. You did a wonderful job at talking about the exploitation of Africa and the African people but you also talk about its beauty and significance...wonderful job...ONe.
Reviewed by moosie 1/16/2003
That was very nice!Good job.I hope that someday my poetry will be as meaningful and as bueatiful as your's.
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 1/14/2003
This brought tears to my eyes and an urging in my soul for freedom.

Janet
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 1/10/2003
Beautifully written. Excellent job!
Reviewed by Peter Adotey Addo 1/8/2003
Good writing.....well done...
Reviewed by Peter Adotey Addo 1/8/2003

Dear Toris,

I find your passionate-heart-felt-verse, very reflective and wonderful. Keep on. And you know...

when you said this:

"To the great sea you lost
Continents with them were fed"

--Atlantis and the mythical Lemuria were brought to my mind. Our journeys have been, so richly, color-full, and race-fully, intermingled, that I always have fancied:

Why do we insist in making 'white' the color of pure-ness? or 'black' the color of 'truthness'?? Why....O, why?? Are we still as humans, insist-- we should, but why???---on the same earth, so painfully separated, and so painfully far apart?

Why, O, why, do we insist, in trying to make a little patch of land 'the race, this rounded earth --knows--it's not about separation...for surely, I am about to learn from you, and you, from me.

Keep on.

Minerva T. Bloom
http://partnersinverse.com

Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 1/6/2003
1-06-03

Most Interestingly So!

TRASK
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/6/2003
this is outstanding! i've never been to africa, but i feel deep in my soul its siren call...i've written a poem, "dreams of africa," about my longing to see that continent. (((HUGS))) and love, karla.
Reviewed by john zimmerman 1/6/2003
good write. power, joy, pride

well done

john+
Reviewed by Tien Avielle (Reader) 1/6/2003
"Your discovery had brought you pains
Children and grandchildren
To the great sea you lost
Continents with them were fed" - this part is so powerful in its image of truth ... left me chilled - excellent write!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/6/2003
and may god bless africa! thanks for sharing this beautiful write! with much love, your friend, karen lynn. (((HUGS))) :)
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