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A river called Ebola

Thathud, boom boom boom 
Thathud, boom boom boom
I listen
As drums cry out for Africa
Voices rise above the pounding
Mourning 
Crying out for their lost
For their feverish
Helpless people dying one loving touch at a time
Ebola your tears bring destruction
You've methodicly made your way to the city
The river from which you flowed is cursed
A stream of blood gushes forth
Pouring out and through Africa
Thathud, boom boom Boom

You Ebola
Travel in secrecy
Disguised as lesser diseases
Now the uncommon more common cold
Wearing malaria like a magicians garment
Making your way through the marketplace
Taxicabs fill with your unsuspecting victims
Fear and ignorance your loyal companions 
Following you to the hospitals
Places of healing become decimated 
The healers hands are not protected
Their fingers become your own
You whisper "take me home with you"
"Let me kiss the face of your loved ones!"

Still the drums continue to beat
Thathud, boom boom boom
Hear the beat of Africa's heart
Bring your Doctors across her borders
Open Samaritan's Purse
Ebola must not win
Let us love Africa one person at a time
God's loving hand is poised to heal
Redemption is possible
He has not forgotten his children
Strength will once again course through their veins
Africa will sing a new song
The fever will break
Ebola you can not
Shall not
Will not
Silence the drums of Africa!
Thathud, boom boom boom
Thathud, boom boom boom
Thathud, boom boom boom........








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  1. Date: 1/28/2015 1:58:00 AM

    Your poem beats with your heart's compassion, for the fear, the pain and the torment of watching those you love die with a feeling of helplessness. It is a battle that can be won, but the casualties are too great to imagine. Your poem is sincere and so very moving Richard. Bravo for writing about this battle we must all fight. EXCELLENT! #7+ Blessings, Connie
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 3:50:00 PM

    The value of your poem increases because of its humanity, my friend Richard! We all have to use our God given talent for to fight evil in any form! Bravo my friend, God bless you, a seven for it!
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 3:40:00 PM

    What a tender loving write, Richard, your tender heart reaching out for the sick. Something needs to be done. 7 Eve
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 2:06:00 PM

    wow, Richard. you do such an amazing job with truly moving poetry that comes from your heart. And this was well crafted with the sounds you put into it of the drums, using this as a reference to the heart of Africa. I have to fave this one. WELL DONE
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 1:06:00 PM

    Excellent, Richard!! I too applaud you! Love the drums' message echoing across Africa,,,a positive message of courage, hope and resistance...with God's help! #7 // paul
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 10:39:00 AM

    Thunderous applause for this piece, Richard...You write about what matters...I'm proud of you...Check Malaria...Hugs
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 9:20:00 AM

    Let us strike out Ebola Richard...thanks for shedding light on this horrific disease

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