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Why Africa

Africa is yet again up in arms
And the host nation is South Africa this time
Africans, open your eyes and see
After these attacks what will we benefit

Xenophobia is like pus 
The wound that is resistant to healing
Xenophobia is like mushrooms
Popping whenever a thunder of ignorance strikes

What did we mean when we jointly said 
We, the people of South Africa
Declare for all our country and the world to know that
South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and White!

In June 26 1955 a word went forth
The Kliptown word echoed through the globe
From that day on, South Africa’s mission
Was to accommodate all those who dwell in it

Now we are turning our backs to the world
Where our wealth is coming from
We have turned our nectar’s wealth into a doormat
Wiping our bloody hands with Freedom charter!  

Can we really hide behind poverty
And blame foreign nationals for taking all our bread
Where else we struggle to make earns meat
Due to hand out attitude we adopted after apartheid

Our authorities has done well to appease sins of the past
They gave free education, social grants to name few
Other things can be free but we need to realize that
Self support requires hard work and innovation

My fellow brothers and sisters, Africans!
Resist ideologies that torn us apart
And employ neutrality to embrace other nationalities 
Shun xenophobia and learn from one another.   


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  1. Date: 4/23/2015 10:35:00 AM

    You should recite this poem on the streets till the deadened ears hear! Great patriotic piece...7++++!
  1. Date: 4/16/2015 5:19:00 PM

    Your voice is a strong clarion call for brotherhood midst so much upheaval and foreign intervention. There is no place on earth that has suffered so inhumanly generation after generation like Africa. The world needs to pay heed to poets who are willing to bleed for what they write. May God strengthen you! ....7. g~d