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by Nordette Adams
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
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A second poem for Africa

What are you my brother that I glibly dispose of you,

hoist your severed head and limbs high on spikes,

trophies boasting my savagery while I

dance your blood back into the earth, back into our mother's womb,

joying in your inexistence?

What are you my sister that I smile while

two-legged beasts ravage your innocence into the sewers of man's arrogance,

slice skins of pleasure from your life

and leave you battered, disfigured in the bush?

What am I that I walk past horror, preening,

kissing the gleam of my De Beers that sings love songs

to my perfectly manicured finger,

drowning the cries of Africa in my diamond-studded ears?

Copyright 2005 Nordette Adams

Voices for Africa


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Reviewed by Thomas Mutchler 10/15/2011
Downright beautiful. Excellente.

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 2/5/2009
Another excellent poem, shame on me for not getting to these sooner, keep these coming, and meanwhile I will try and play catch up LOL
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 12/10/2008
Very beautiful poem,take care

Reviewed by Rodney Bohen 8/19/2008
Outstanding work.

Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/7/2008
Good write, defining moments, defined by you very well. Got the gist of it and liked it tremenously.**********
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 5/24/2008
This is very deep, and could apply to anywhere in the world, and for anyone anyplace doing these unforgiving things to others. The brother that falls vicitm to the violence of the hatred of the world, and the sister who is raped repeatedly in everyday life, doing everyday things. Why must it be harder for us than for the men? Thank you for sharing Nouvelle.

MAy the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your den sister, Barbie
Reviewed by sunny fuchs (Reader) 3/20/2007
Thank You Sister.
God Bless All Here.
These words Need Understanding Minds.
Again Thank You.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 12/14/2005
A very powerful reminder to us have a very honest and effective voice that needs more audience and readership. BRAVA!

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/13/2005
Powerful poem, Nordette! A well-written piece!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 8/10/2005
touching poetry my friend, hello, your site is always cool and interesting just like your poetry
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 7/12/2005
This got me thinking, Nordette, had to read it twice great brains here my friend. This is one for the library, thanks for sharing, Safi
Reviewed by M. B. 7/9/2005

I'm rendered speechless and that's not normal.

Gawd, what a fabulous, couragous, knock-me-flat-on-my-ass write.

Reviewed by Paul Williams 7/7/2005
What a staggering powerful write Nordette, Africa is a land of many contrasts and the birthing place of humanity, it is shamefully disregarded in the modern world, by those who are rich enough to exploit it to the's about time things changed for the better. May the west wake up and do something...invole all 53 countries too.

Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 7/7/2005
I doubt if there will never be a final result. The richer are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and more oppressed. And some African leaders getting richer in the process ofcourse! Money gets poured in alright but with conditions. Very difficult conditions. That's the circle. Survival of the fittest, as they say.

Nordette, powerful write my sister. You have really evoked some emotions. Great write!!

God bless,

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 7/6/2005
You speak words that we must all take to heart, Nordette. We speak about terrorism here, yet we neglect to look at Africa and see how it runs rampant there and is pretty much accepted as a fact of life. HIV is out of control and children are starving and dieing in the streets. Africa, much like Brazil, has great wealth and shameful, inhumane poverty.
Take care,
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 7/6/2005
Mans Simple Arrogance Out Weighs His Obscure Ignorance Of Truth!

Should Want Try Save World,i.e CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME In Our Your Own Streets--Start By Saving Your Own Little Children 1st_

There's Always Birth Control (Pills) Education That Sex Is For Good Reason Not Diseased Overpopulation Inter-Mingles With Your Own I Need Laid Situation...I Cannot Make It Any Clearer--The Less Intelligent You Are More You Require Of Sex Or Drugs Or Any Other Means_

Aids Is Sexually Transmitted Disease-What Good Are Condoms-Rubbers OBVIOUSLY They Only Make Corporations Selling Them $RICH$! You Still Get Have Aids Because Of Simple Ignorance In Obscure Arrogance_

It Feels Better To F--k Than have Any Kind Of Intelligence!

2000+ Children DISAPPEAR EACH DAY In This F--KED UP USA--
Do You Think UFO'S Are Picking Them Up Taken Them To Slave Planets!?

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/6/2005
Only when the global concern is such that change is the ONLY option can "aid" truly be effective - in whatever form it takes, fiscal, environmental or social. Otherwise we are all still throwing what is more or less "cheap" to us (yes, money/goods in this way IS, I think, cheap - some of us have more money than sense! Or time: Britain is relatively money rich/time poor statistically - although of course it never seems like it!) Getting stuck into sorting out the causes of the problems, whether internal or external, takes time, effort and commitment... also much tact and diplomacy and a long, long haul in terms of time frame - longer than an individual governmental administration lasts for, often, so therein lies a great problem: consistency. And decisions are made, I suppose, within the mindset of "how will this effect me and MY country first and foremost" - rather than "what MUST be done to save Africa, and the impact on our own domestic koffers is secondary at this time in the world's history...". Sorry, ramble, ramble... and I'm not even thinkin straight... except to know this is another clarion call, Nordette, and, like a watchman on the walls, needs to be raised to get our sights up and out where they should be. No better person to do it. Diamonds on the soles of your feet, Lady, as they walk the path of peace unafraid: stout feet, soft heart! :)) LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 7/6/2005
Dear Nordette,
I live in Africa and the things you write of I havewitnessed first hand. This is a land of great contrasts and you've described it so well here. It seems that this has stirred up a bit of controversy and aroused very strong feelings. I hear your heart and I know what you're trying to achieve and I applaud you for this. I would hope that instead of feeling personally attacked, people will take your words to heart. All it takes for evil to exist is for good men to do nothing. Yes, it doesn't help to throw money at a problem but something has to be done. There is a genocide going on here.
With love and thanks
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/6/2005
a striking write, nordette; very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/6/2005
A soul-striking poetic statement, Nordette; most compelling and impossible to ignore. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/6/2005

Defining moments are stamped into our conciousness through your words; powerfully vivid and poignantly written. Thank you for caring and sharing your heart--

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 7/6/2005

This poem makes a more compelling statement
than all the Live8 shows. If only those
making decisions were blessed with your spirit.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Brian Pellerino 7/6/2005

A powerful follow-up to "Mother of our Flesh". The problem (or its inevitable solution) is not one of finances. It begins and ends with consciousness. The awareness that the Dark Continent is not a seperate piece of the puzzle, but an integral part of the world community is what we lack. When we can feel in our minds and hearts what our brothers and sisters suffer, then we can come together and wash the blood on the shores away in peace.


Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/6/2005
What to do, that is the dilemma the world faces. Those who produced Live 8 and others expect the world, at least part of the world, to ante up more money. That is good. That always works, send money and wash your hands of the complete hell that some parts of Africa have become. Of course, clear-thinking people realize that money has never, and will never, solve the problem becaue IT ALL GETS STOLEN and never gets to where it is supposed to. What then? The money keeps pouring in but things become worse. What does the world do now? How do we change the mindset of the thugs and people who are in charge who DO NOT have Africa's best interests within their hearts? Invade and take them out? Naw. But something has to change. With the money the world constantly gives because to not give is food for the "racist" label, but with that money there must be some way to monitor it. I am afraid that will never happen, I am afraid that Africa is/has/will become the welfare country. We are being made to feel that we are not doing enough. What esle can we do? More money, oh, yeah, I forgot.
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 7/6/2005
Defining moments, define how mankind really is.

A powerful piece of work

Take care
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 7/6/2005
I watched a special on tv the other night about just this kind of horror. They are calling for help, and from what I saw, without it, these people are not going to be able to survive much longer. Children, being forced to join a rebel's army, and made to kill, other children to make them tough. What a horrid existence. Women being raped and slaughtered while their children watch, or vice versa. They need our help..
Your writing makes it just as vivid as the film.

Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight* Authors & Creations 7/6/2005
Your Brother Is your Brother, and your Sister Is your Sister, because You are One who cares, and feels, and shares her Love with them. This is poignant, realistic, and soulful, three of the ingredients that provide a blend of true spiritual Help... and there is no corporeal help that will really work if the spirit is neglected. I have worked closely, for many years, and actually lived the strife of Africans in more than one country of that beautiful continent, and... I'm well aware of many reasons why help does not reach them as fully and widely as it should.
Many Blessings,
Reviewed by Aberjhani 7/5/2005
A haunting and courageous write that shines a powerful light where too many try not to look. The education provided by these amazing lines is that neither ignorance nor apathy are options in this case.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/5/2005
This goes deep into your soul Nordette, and I feel it in mine as a result of your excellence in writing! Splendid work! I hope God directs this meeting so something good can happen for Africa, it surely needs the right kind of help.

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/5/2005
Africa I am learing is going through incredible growing pains. It will be interesting to see the final results. Fantastic write.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 7/5/2005

"What am I that I walk past horror, preening,
kissing the gleam of my De Beers" < < < < < < < < < <

Contents and imagery are true social-poetic striker.
"Defining Moments" is a poem to be read and a voice to be listened.

I salute You, Sublime Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/5/2005
Thanks for sharing another fine piece Nordette!!

Tinka from South Africa
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