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Below is the poem entitled I HAVE SEEN THE WORLD which was written by poet Jude Chukwuemeka. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I have seen the whole world
I have seen all that eyes can see
I am not new to Nigeria,
Neither am I strange to Scotland
Once I placed an elbow in Eritrea
And set one foot in France.
I played hide-and-seek with the pyramids of Egypt
Shared a bottle of beer with the Nile
And left for Mecca with Tutankhamen`s crown.
Ghana begged me with a thousand bags of gold-- 
Armed with chopstick in both hands
China chased me out of her gate.
In Britain the Queen at a conference
Conferred on me the knighthood.
In India I basked in the bowel of Indus
And won ten elephants from Brahma`s faithfuls.
Women in Ivory Coast weaved a welcome dance
Libya threw stones at me because I stared 
On her pretty daughters who passed by in a queue.
In Tonga I ruled as king for two days
Then left for Iceland where I shivered in snow
Inside the eleven clothes I wore.
I have seen the Eskimos who dwell in Alaska,
The Aborigines of Australia.
I have set my boots on the ice of Antarctica
I have seen the Pygmies in the wilderness of Congo
strolled beyond the Himalayan mountains
Seen the roaring rear of the Mississippi.
I have been to Brazil, Burma, the USA
And have shopped beyond the true bargain of the equator.
I have been to the end of the world 
To where the sun never sets
To the country where rain never stops falling.
I have flown across all the rivers,
Ponds, canals, swamps and oceans
Wandered through phantom forests
Wood smokes and landscapes that disappeared
Like illusions from my sub-conscious mind
And sometimes I stroll past places that look
Like memories of my childhood
Stuck in a photo frame.
I have seen the whole world
But shall I return, will I come back,
When there is nothing for my eyes to see?

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  1. Date: 4/12/2011 12:44:00 PM
    How could this gem not get read?? Must be sheer jealousy! I say to you you have but skimmed the surface of what there is to see perhaps you need another pair of eyes to show you different things? Light & Love [I love it if you'd write for me a verse on a shamanic ritual you have studied or seen, for my contest The Shamans Way"]