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Memories of Africa

door killea

An old emaciated woman
a hut bare but for a rack, a bed
a cooking pot on the fire
share my meagre food, she said

ancestors waited fearful, chained
sense of horror, cavernous, dark
a life of slavery if they survived
horrendous journey to embark

hospitality of the poor
honour bestowed from the coop
served with eloquence and grace
a chicken head in my soup

cruel and beautiful, nights so dark
sitting in the compound everyone
in the distance could be heard
the plaintive beating of the African drum





 

feedback van andere lezers

  • tessy
    dit raakt me June
    killea: Thank you, Tessy
    xx
    j
  • ivo
    wow, het uitgemergelde van de ellende draagt de woorden in het gedicht waardoor je haast kan voelen wat er staat
    killea: Thank you so much, Ivo
    xx
    j
  • jan
    we are so lucky..

    xx
    j
    killea: Yes, we are, Jan
    xx
    j
  • miepe
    ik zou nu wel eens héééél graag met jou in een zetel gaan zitten met een Primus erbij en onze voeten op de tafel voor ons wiegend en de ventilator op stand vier (je haar zo overal héén blazend) maar met een stevig gesprek over ... ach

    Het Beeld


    killea: Miepe, I would love to do that, but just so you do not misunderstand my poem, these are my imprinted memories of Ghana when I visited a long time ago. Memories I hold very dear, and with the utmost respect for the people. There was another side to Ghana even then, but the simple moments of incredible generosity of those that had nothing in comparison to myself, are the moments I cherish............... Thanks for FB
    xx
    j
  • jamal
    R.E.S.P.E.C.T

    AN AFRICAN MAN!

    xxx
    killea: Thank you so much, Jamal
    xxx
    j
  • Mistaker
    .....

    Greta xx
    killea: Thank you Greta
    xx
    j
  • Mephistopheles
    It's a shame that Africa is so screwed up. They have many natural resources, more than enough to get by if the West wouldn't have exploited them throughout the years. Sierra Leone alone could have made billions from all the diamonds they found there if the RUF wouldn't have screwed things up.
    Never been to Africa, but I'm going there one day...
    Gr.
    killea: thank you Bert
    xx
    j
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