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East Africa

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East Africa

Lands of bounty, yet also so barren
red soil so pungent and full of life
if the monsoon's rains don't fall
a veritable dust bowl you become
great herds teem over your plains
constantly moving following the rains
behind them a land picked clean
only a few tender shoots showing
withering and dying in the midday heat
only to be saved by a short down pour
sleek well fed pride of lions roam
soon their time of plenty over
unlike the herds they stay waiting
for the next herd of animals to come
the giant crocs in the river now well fed
it could be a year before they feast again
all this and so much more means, spellbound
I reflect on African shores that hold close my heart
with love and even tenderness for this great land

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  1. Date: 8/12/2013 8:12:00 AM
    Well described! You've captured the contradiction of Africa well - full of vibrancy and yet other parts so very barren. As a resident of East Africa, I can only marvel at the good and wish away the bad. Very well written Shadow!

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/12/2013 3:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Vickie Ty I was out there ten years a magical time nature is marvelous in so many ways I envy you living out there I returned in 1968 ty for reading Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 5:26:00 AM
    I think you've just sold Africa to the world.Smile because I love it.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/9/2013 4:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    dear M.M I hope so lol its a magical place pity its so troubled now ty dear friend love Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/8/2013 5:20:00 PM
    It was the real Africa back then, things have changed a fair bit but once away from civilization its still wild and rugged, well worth a visit Jack hugs Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 8/8/2013 4:06:00 PM
    After reading your beautiful descriptive poem, makes me feel like visiting and seeing it for myself! Big warm hugs... xoxox