Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

Bronze Star - 5,288 Points (July 12,1952 / New York City)

Africa's Soul


I have never been to Africa
I have only seen programs on TV

Verdant jungles teeming with wildlife
and deep, dark mysteries unexplored then
invaded and exploited bringing in the past
the many changes

The plains teeming with lions and wilderbeast
caught in the web of life like we are chained
by a pattern, a cycle that ensnares as Fate
deals its blows

The news tells of humankind's reoccurring pattern
and constant plight: War Violence Starvation get
the upperhand in an ancient land so vast.
There should be none of these bad things

just the songs and happy stories of ancient times,
the heartbeat of Africa's soul

And then I read the poems of their poets
that tell of hope and courage and dreams
as the people rise above their desperation
and breathe the wind of change for the new days
ahead

I have never been to amazing Africa
but everything that is found there can be found here too
I have often said Humanity's greatest achievement
would be if we could ever maintain world peace
and sow the freewill seeds of our fate by
our own hands and thoughts and actions

I have never been to Africa
a land so teeming with life, history and culture.
Everywhere in this world there beats a loving heart
and peaceful mind filled with thoughts,
dreams and desires that begin in the home
and raises the human spirit to soaring heights
and speaks of freedom.

I have never been to Africa
and its people have a dream to realize
to reach and grab and hold on to
and break free to make a better life
for their futures in verdant, vast, ancient Africa's
dynamic soul.

Submitted: Thursday, June 04, 2009
Edited: Friday, July 31, 2009

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  • Rookie - 84 Points Yash Shinde (4/1/2014 11:22:00 PM)

    Africa really has a charm that captivates you.................you've depicted its landscape beautifully, with wonderful imagery........ (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,288 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/6/2012 6:28:00 PM)

    Okoye, my poem was written for a charity project which hasn't quite reached fruition.As an artist and poet I write for myself and I write what I want then share it with others.I'm not commercialised yet.As far as travel goes I wish I could travel every where but you see I can research any subject and write about it if I choose to.I have never seen a unicorn and I wrote about one.I've never traveled across the Rainbow Bridge but i can imagine what the after-life is like..I know something of the history of Africa but I am curious about something: did all the tribes speak the same language? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Okoye Charles Chukwudi (3/29/2012 2:32:00 AM)

    Its good you said you have never been to africa....and i think you should plan a trip.
    And please if you havent been to africa...I think you should not write anything about a place you dont know and never been to.
    The news media is so negatively skewed on africa..potraying us as hungry and babaric people....guess what...ITS A PURE LIE....there are people here that are more comfortable than most people in USA and Europe will ever be. And we also have students here that knows so much about europe and european culture and some are even more American than some American. Yes there are places torn by wars and by hunger...but where in the world isnt. Africa used to be a peaceful and disciplined continent where the diginity of man is upheld till the coming of Europeans...there are the ones that introduced corruption and massive and widespread war and hunger....you should read Things Fall Apart...by Chinua Achebe...he is very popular and he teaches in the USA...I think after reading it, you will get a picture of pre european africa and how Things Fall Apart when they arrived...I dont think any Author of note has written about anything/place without getting first hand knowledge of the thing/place and I suggest you do so...thanks+
    Mr Okoye Chukwudi Charles from Nigeria. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Romeo Della Valle (11/10/2011 7:15:00 PM)

    Excellent! Your knowledgeable and well penned write is absolutely terrific! Thank you for sharing! 10+++ Keep inspiring the World with more of your talented works! God Bless You! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,288 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (10/15/2009 4:03:00 PM)

    My poem was written for a special anthology project.I'm still waiting for word of publication date and if they will be sending a release form out to me..You can look up Poetry For Change (In Africa) or Megan Mateo on Facebook where the cause is listed. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,617 Points Ken E Hall (10/15/2009 4:58:00 AM)

    I enjoyed this poem for its verve and the line 'I've never been to Africa' heralds out your knowledge of the people loud and clear and their situation right down to their soul...a deserving +++10m from me....... Africa's soul mate
    uavaniceday
    regards (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lu Smythe (7/18/2009 3:10:00 PM)

    When mother died I moved to Kenya to be brought up by my father. I more than fully understand the worthwhile nature of this project & intend to give it my full support.
    PS: Thanks for the welcome. lu. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Patrick A. Martin (7/18/2009 7:21:00 AM)

    i have been to africa abd it is all the things you have written about but most of all in the Garden of Africa grows the most beautiful flowers her people. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Twilight Dreamer (6/24/2009 2:38:00 PM)

    This is marvelous. I could envision it all very well. I have never been to Africa, but have a friend over there. Well, did, we had been talking for 8 months and then he disappeared, haven't heard from him in 3 months. I am so sad. But I will bookmark this so that I can help out with writing something or whatever I can do. Bravo, for you, helping out with such great wonders. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 43 Points Obinna Eruchie (6/17/2009 11:34:00 AM)

    Well, Africa is far much more interesting than you think and what you have seen on TV and read in books, magazines and newspapers, and different nations in African countries have their own cultures. Many of them who are of the same background are very heterogeneous in their ways of living. Why not plan a trip and come over to different areas for different experiences, you may have a wonderful time. Nice take on Africa imaginatively seen through other eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wafae bazzi (6/10/2009 7:54:00 PM)

    you said that you've never been in africa well to me you seems like you've been there i think that you are a good writer you discribed every thing dependent on your ideas that's really good (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Luwi Habte (6/10/2009 11:58:00 AM)

    well this is nice
    i agree Africa is good enough
    well done actually
    you got extraordinary idea
    luwi (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Konjit Berhane (6/10/2009 8:53:00 AM)

    hey nice poem...

    and Africa is great

    if u ever come to Eritrea remember that u got me as a friend...

    and holla at me...when and if u can...

    thanx for sharin

    peace, love and freedom on Earth

    koni (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Smiley Hooker (6/8/2009 11:29:00 AM)

    a meaningful and motivating poem of love for humanity and nature! excellent work here, dear Lorraine! two-thumbs up and 10++: -) for you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duh Huh (6/8/2009 10:30:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem for a worthy cause. I will buy some of the books for me and my family members :) Thank you for sharing, i went and read her post :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (6/8/2009 1:10:00 AM)

    This poem is awesome with the added benefit of working towards harmony and peace. There is so much to absorb with your in depth writing and thank you for all the work you have put into this stunning piece. 10 Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

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