This rich earth.


This culture

our ancestors

bequeathed us.

This culture

we shall

in turn



The savannah,

the desert,

the rainforest.


The shore of the Atlantic,

the Indian ocean,

the Mediterranean.


This is blood.

Old blood.

This bitter aloe vera.

This sweet honey.

This gourd,

this kora.


This, the shield

and the spear.

This, the barrel

and the bullet.


This, the earth

from which we come.

The earth that shall

in time

consume us.


This is mother nature.

The land of the baobab tree.


The soil,

the greens,

the barks,

the roots,

the lakes,

the rocks.


The wind blowing across.


The rain,

the clouds,

the mud,

the stream.


The buffalo grazes.

The Lion sleeps.

The peacock flaunts.

The snake slithers.

Moths flutter.


This, the plane.

This, the field.

This, the marketplace.


Colours bright,

faces glistening under

the sun.

I am of here.


I am an African.


This entry was posted in Africa.

One comment on “Origins

  1. Beautiful descriptions and a superb photo.

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