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Africa is aching 
For its problems are aging 
Here is the thing 
Our social ills are adding 
Because no one is acting 
Hence we see an African child crossing

Crossing for they can’t stand starvation
Crossing because of wars and political instability
Crossing for they seek greener pastures 
Yet Africa is richest in mineral resources
The world is the witness to that 

It pains me to see my fellow man die 
They drown and become food for sea animals
Crocodiles don’t have to hunt anymore
Because fellow Africans are bound to cross
Running away from their countries to save their souls

Those who master the art of crossing 
And get to the other side of the Promised Land
Still faces bigger crocodiles and drowning 
Women and young girls descends in brothels 
Where their freedom becomes a fairytale 
And soon they drown in feelings of despair 

Those who master the art of crossing 
And get to the other side of the Promised Land
Still faces bigger crocodiles 
Xenophobia is among the deadliest crocodiles
Many have died all around the world 
Lately I’m scared to pride myself as South African
Because our soil is wet of the innocent blood of immigrants
They died because they’ve mastered the art of crossing 

Copyright © Bongani Zungu | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 7/8/2017 3:46:00 PM

    This is so real. Well written.