Ofentse Mercy Hajane

(1992-04-23 / South Africa/ Johannesburg/ Krugersdorp/ Munsieville)

Let Me Be Africa


Let me live
Let me drink from the goblet of the elders
Who gave birth to us
Let me live to tell of stars as the dead
Let me live to tell of peace
Crafted down in my peoples bone
Let me live
To tell my fallen generation
Of how the mighty once stood in thrones of our African Land
Praising no God
But love
For they were Gods themselves


Let me live
To tell the story behind every
Silent unanimated art of our past
Words they told through their beauty
And diverse measures of cultures
Behind the greatness of people mightier than God
And all that is divinity
Let me live
to tell a story of ebony warriors
Whom launched out to battle fierce monster of world beyond
Let me live to tell a story
Let me live to tell of truth
Let me be
Let it all be what I'm willing to live for
Let me live to tell of stories
When old man chanted magic
And let the Ancestors speak with newly germinated seeds of their villages
Let me live
And tell of the greatness of Nature
To fear death not
For in the end we prevail against it
Let me live as Africa has lived before
Let me be Africa...

Submitted: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Edited: Sunday, November 17, 2013

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'Africa is beyond gods grasp, we bow not for him, for we are divine that he is'- Ofentse Mercy Hajane

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  • Siyabonga a Nxumalo (4/7/2013 7:23:00 AM)

    liked your poem again lilttle sister, bt some of the lines are too long. You need to try to cut them a little..you write good poems.
    Keep writing.
    Siya_! ! (Report) Reply

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