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Walk With Me

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Walk With Me

Come take a walk with me
let us stroll the savannah
I want to show you the beauty
to introduce you to East Africa

A land seeped in dark history and mysteries
where once the Tembo roamed in their thousands
mighty animals who feared no-one not even lions
capable of uprooting a tree yet also tender to young

Most Majestic king of beasts lays sunbathing
his job is protection and to father strong cubs
replete from a gnu feast he dally's the day away
at dusk he will, with his brother do a patrol

There are hidden water holes if one knows where
here the birds swoop in, parrots and love birds
weavers and horn bills, egrets and fishing eagles
all flock to drink and then if safe a lovely bath

Thorn acacias adorn this lush land their tops flat
a treat for the long neck reticulated giraffe
they nibble away and seem to avoid the thorns with a-plume
then gracefully bending down to snack on buffalo grass

Vast changes in landscape, deep rift valleys
amidst the hills filled with peace and grace
lakes that startle as so bright they sparkle
once teeming with fish now sadly rather depleted 

Villages of mud and straw huts, naked children
women with just a skirt, many men in throngs  
cauldron in the centre where all share the cooking
a communal building where the young men sleep

Scrub trees line the deep red soil with clumps
of dry grass, little cover here for hunter
the herds on high alert ready to take to heel and flee
the slightest movement enough to spook them

Wondrous baobab trees with root like branches
a favourite place for natives to stash food
the landscape is continuously changing, some things no more
animals hunted to verge of extinction for what good?

The herds of Tembo once numbering up to 300 per herd
with ancient leaders who had the knowledge to survive
the harshest of the droughts that can plague this land
Africa the continent of fire, of spices, filled with flora

This continent of dark mystery holds me spell bound
it hosts a vast treasure of so many things all precious
from the smallest to the largest, from stones come gems
how can I convince you that here you must visit and soon

For here in this land are so many stories to delight,
to inspire and even to soothe, and some that will enrage
the gentle poet heart. And inspired by the vast array
here on display your poets soul will be totally inspired



written 01/12/2014
by Shadow Hamilton
motif:epic
contest:  Impress me 1V
 

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  1. Date: 2/19/2014 10:45:00 PM
    I am very inspired by this epic write! The descriptive imagery put me right in the middle of the African plains. A terrific poem, Shadow! Congratulations on your win, as well! Hugs :)

  1. Date: 2/14/2014 10:02:00 AM
    Truly an epic write! Congrats shadow on a great win and for this beautiful composition! hugs..

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/14/2014 10:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Gautami ty very much hugs
  1. Date: 2/13/2014 4:58:00 AM
    Big congrats to you on your fine win in the contest, Shadow!

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/14/2014 10:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty so much AO hugs
  1. Date: 2/13/2014 3:37:00 AM
    Congrats on win with this great work Shadow.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/14/2014 10:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Kayods ty East Africa holds a special place in my heart I had such a wonderful 10 years living out there hugs
  1. Date: 2/12/2014 11:42:00 AM
    Such a splendid write here Shadow warm wishes on the high spot win..'

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/12/2014 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty so much Joe hugs
  1. Date: 2/12/2014 9:10:00 AM
    Congrats on a fine win Shadow

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/12/2014 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Joseph hugs
  1. Date: 2/12/2014 9:09:00 AM
    Enjoyed the poem and congrats on the win, shadow

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/12/2014 4:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Ram hugs
  1. Date: 2/12/2014 3:19:00 AM
    - Another contest sponsored by: Giorgio V. - "Impress me IV" - CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WINNING POEM,SHADOW - ENJOYABLE TO READ YOURS AND A PLEASURE TO PARTICIPATE :))) - Anne-Lise :)

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/12/2014 4:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty so much Anne Lise hugs
  1. Date: 2/11/2014 8:11:00 PM
    Shadow, this is a beautiful descriptive poem. I enjoyed the reading. Verlena and congratulation on the win....

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/12/2014 4:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Verlena and ty very much hugs
  1. Date: 1/14/2014 2:05:00 AM
    Descriptive indeed but presented very nicely. New information are there for me. Loved always, my friend, bl

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/14/2014 6:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi BL and ty dear Shadow x smile
  1. Date: 1/13/2014 11:05:00 AM
    So descriptive, so beautifully written... kudos my dear Shadow! Warm hugs, Jack xoxox

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/14/2014 6:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Jack belated happy new year ty so much Shadow x smile
  1. Date: 1/13/2014 7:19:00 AM
    Dear Shadow, just stopped by to say hi and to read this vivid inspiring write. Enjoyed it my friend. Baobab trees...it would be interesting to learn more about that.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/14/2014 6:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi dearest MM so nice to see you I am so happy you enjoyed this Look for a picture on line they are fascinating to see Shadow x smile
  1. Date: 1/12/2014 3:14:00 PM
    my, what a detailed flowing essay on a land of such beauty, shadow... this is greeat!.. huggs

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/12/2014 4:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Nette Africa is beautiful ty for reading Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 1/12/2014 2:40:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading some more about Africa..A vast land which is the home to so many species...I wonder if the dry climate could be helped to be better with more water so that the animals would have their needs met..Thanks for the visit to my page..Your presence there encourages me..Sara

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/12/2014 3:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    difficult Sara because of the season changes. In the wet vast amounts of water cover the land turning it to swamp then as the dry comes it shrinks back to small pools and puddles.Also sadly people do not bother about the animals it is all self. I was appalled to watch a documentary on water aid where they fenced off the water moaned when desperate elephants broke it What the Hell!!! they have as much right to water build two one for animals then all are happy grrr ty for reading Shadow x smile hug