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Brother ©
by Lisa A Stafford

Monday, April 07, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Poem taken from "At Home on the Edge©" - a collection of poems


I think of you often
Flesh of my flesh –
Born of the same blood
That coursed through
Black and copper skinned warriors
Long asleep in Mozambique’s warm belly.
To the east, narrow lowlands bow
To your feet as you stand
On bands of steel
To the west, arid winds
Whisper in bright Bantu tongues
Your creed.
You’ve the might of a million men
In your stride.
Fluid power
Rages like Zambezi’s waters
Through your veins.
You are man.
From the wombs of dusky queens
You came.
From a suckling you rose
To claim your manhood,
And the crowns ancient kings did bring.
The heavens serve as your raiment,
Draping shoulders –
Broad as the north’s rich valleys.
Your loins, gird with the tawny pelts of big cats,
Hold the wealth of many sons.
At the foot of Limpopo,
In the sweet grass
I lay to quench my thirst
With your soulful kiss.
Tattooed on my soul is the
Imprint of your mighty hands.
Brother –
My king,
My sun,
Rising to shine your glory
Upon this dark earth.
I think of you
Brother –
I think of you.

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Reviewed by Blacke Rose 4/8/2011
I think this one will be my favorite. Powerful piece!!
Reviewed by Ken Chartrand 5/16/2008
Hi Lisa, I read your poem, "Brother". Wow it blew me away! Though I am not a "brother" in the black sence, I loved reading it. One can almost see one's self in Africa in these various places. Well researched and well done!Please feel free to visit my sites .Either at or here in the"Den".
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 4/10/2008
Wow, this has so much detail and history, it is a joy to read and is the kind of write one can reread and always see new details as you make this place and these people alive to us, very well-written.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/8/2008
Poetry with the history of an ancient land called into play within the power and seeds of the mighty, modern-day warrior whose girth and solid stance bequeathed to him by ancestors long gone, but live forever as a mighty oak from seeds like acorns dropped where needed to grow . . . "Brother" is a ringing endorsement to the honor and a tribute to the old as we plod toward the new . . .
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