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David Livingstone

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David Livingstone

Long, long ago and longer
When I was but a child
I read of Doctor Livingstone
Who ventured in the wild.
Dr. David had no fear
He went where few had gone.
This missionary and explorer 
To Africa was drawn.
The unsophisticated natives
Didn’t know the wealth they had
Allowed Livingstone to name their falls
When he shouted out “Egad.
I’ve found what no white man has seen
I name it ‘Victoria Falls’”.
When back in England he was touted.
But lack of adventure palls.
He was sent back to Africa
To find source of the Nile.
He traveled around that continent
And became lost for a while.
Henry Morton Stanley when he found him, said
“Mr Livingstone  I presume?”
He died in the heart of Africa.
Westminster Abbey holds his tomb.




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  1. Date: 11/15/2012 11:07:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Cyndi's "David's for David" contest Joyce. Love, Carol David is sure to love every one of the poems written.

  1. Date: 11/13/2012 8:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win my friend Joyce! love/hugs, LG

  1. Date: 11/13/2012 12:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Joyce, well done xx

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 3:56:00 PM
    Joyce. love the dedication for David.. take care~ PD

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 10:43:00 AM
    Hi Joyce, I enjoyed reading this poem. You did venture a little bit from the style that you began with, but that is okay; it still paints an amazing picture in my mind.

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 12:31:00 AM
    you make this tale so inviting with your wonderful language and mood, joyce.. winning huggs!..:).. SOUP MAIL!..

  1. Date: 10/20/2012 6:02:00 PM
    Great poem, Joyce! You know how to tell a story. The quatrain dedicated to David: just awesome! Ruben.