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Why Oh Africa

Oh Africa, my Africa You have the birthmark of civilisation But shaped like a question mark of nations Asking us why we flee When we claim to be free Your skies are the earth's brightest But your land swallows the most innocent If the wounds of slavery have healed Why do we still run for the hills? Those you gave us to lead Have abandoned us to bleed They dig your land for mass graves They trade your stones for blood shed My Africa, you are the pain under the headdress on a woman My Africa, you are an empty bowl in the hands of the poor My Africa, you are the empty words of a politician My Africa, you are sailing and lost on the Mediterranean What happened to your drums of victory? What happened to the pride of your history? We remember your dream on the 25th of May And forget about it on the next day Oh Africa, my Africa

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Date: 11/3/2019 8:04:00 AM
Wow - what a powerful first posting to welcome you into the PoetrySoup family, Michelo. This is such a strong poem. A FAVE for me.
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Date: 10/18/2019 12:47:00 AM
What a powerful first offering to the soup. I wrote a piece called Rose Coloured glasses that you might appreciate. Once again This is incredible.
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Date: 4/28/2018 2:30:00 AM
I really enjoyed the emotion you have expressed, the love, and the plight of your poem! :) nice to meet you.
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Michelo Mweetwa
Date: 4/28/2018 3:25:00 AM
Thanks, nice to meet you too
Date: 4/10/2018 3:58:00 AM
I love it, but I have no idea what it means about the 25th of May. Please don't hold me hostage here forever. What is the 25th of MAY? Thank you.
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Michelo Mweetwa
Date: 4/12/2018 11:19:00 AM
African freedom day!
Date: 12/20/2017 8:58:00 AM
Most Captivating...I have no words
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Michelo Mweetwa
Date: 12/25/2017 11:18:00 AM
Thank you Bertrand!