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African Child

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African Child

" From the debt of my heart"

The African child
Sat behind the bamboo fence
He was sober and tense
Sputtering and wondering.
He forsook the bush meat
And the gathering under the moonlight
For sobriety and the causes of his uncertainties.
His clothes were like dried leaves
His feet like openings in the eaves
He longed to see a brighter tomorrow
He clarified the causes of his sorrow;
Sins of the father,
Fighting not to make things better
Therefore darkening the weather,
Making his destiny falter and bitter.
Tears exuded from the sound of his flute,
His fears enlarged like a parachute
But one thing he never understood,
Watch and pray, oh! African root
For your foundation is stinky, filthy,
Faulty and guilty...... watch and pray.


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  1. Date: 8/29/2011 3:50:00 PM
    soup mail

  1. Date: 7/31/2011 10:18:00 PM
    Now this is an awesome write Charles and it tells a story of your country Africa. Deep and moving, that is what I think you write about. love mom

  1. Date: 7/20/2011 1:52:00 PM
    this is a great piece. really great. i can see it opening a book or a movie. and yes it was deep because of the truth it told. don't worry civilization will find it too soon already.

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 5:51:00 PM
    meaningful and realistic picture opf the African life, Charles

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 2:47:00 PM
    The last three lines are somewhat sad..I suppose that a rattlesnake and a cougar are not scary in comparison to cobras, tigers, lions, and angry elephants on the continent of Africa..Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting on my work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 11:47:00 AM
    a stunning and stirring write Charles on the plight of the African child.. lines of intense vibrancy .. tears exuded from the sound of his flute.. so touching luv..

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 11:32:00 AM
    I am stopping by to thank you so much for your comments. They are truly appreciated. Wishing you a wonderful week full of inspiration Charles. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 10:30:00 AM
    What a blessing we have in PoetrySoup. A place to come to write and read and make new friends along the ink trail. Wishing you a wonderful week filled with inspiration Charles. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 8:07:00 AM
    Nice sad picture of poor African child thinking about his future.cheers

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 7:29:00 AM
    WoW! This one is filled with such fear and sorrow. So Sad. A good write my friend. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 6:28:00 AM
    amazing perspective with a very personal touch, charles.. wow! :) huggs, nette