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Questions in Africa

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Questions in Africa

The sound of 
the wind is 
the
 wind that 
makes the 
sound

what is a 
sound?
What is a wind?
What is the sound?
What is the 
wind?

What is the 
sound of the 
wind?

Censored the 
sound is 
shimmering
to fissure the 
fetter
a locust of 
beigns rigged 
out

If war means 
death why
do people go 
to battle?
war and 
battle are 
they the 
same?
Which one is 
bad?
which one 
incites a bard?

a necessary 
end death is
to Ceasar but 
why come
when the end 
is 
unnecessary?

If hunger that 
has hope kills 
what does 
hopeless 
hunger do?

What defines 
a foreign cow 
and a
local 
cow...the 
milk or the 
colour

Is the 
evidence of 
absense 
same as
absence of 
evidence?

If poverty is 
indeed a 
curse
 what is the 
cause?

why is killing 
someone 
called 
murder but
killing at 
the right time 
called politics?

What is 
murder?
Is it the same 
as mother?
Which one 
annihilates 
and 
which one 
creates?

What is 
politics?
Is it a game
is it a war
is it a battle
is it evil or
is it all?

What is evil? 
Nothing!
The heart 
only makes it 
so
if the heart 
could think 
evil
 is the heart 
not evil?

Since one 
acquires 
one's mother 
tongue
what forbids 
one from 
acquiring the
murder 
tongue too?

If the patient 
dog eats the 
fattest bone
and a 
person
 who 
arrives at the 
well
 first
 draws the 
cleanest water
 
what then is 
the 
equilibrium?

Saying what 
you mean and
meaning 
what you say 
are they the same?
Does the 
constant 
nodding of
 the
 lizard mean 
all is well?

Now the 
sound I know
the wind now 
I know
but the sound 
of the I know 
not

Tell me the 
sound of the 
wind

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