Treasure Island

David Munene wa Kimberly

(06th January 1986 / Kalimoni, Kenya)

You Don't Read Africa


Never have you ever sat
Or beneath African Suns lay flat
You insist on rumours fat
Liken to a rainy day's door mat
To judge where you haven't testified
And judge what ain't justified

You don't read Africa
You heard it is Hell's replica
With an oasis of virtual bliss
Where on semi-humans and snakes hiss
You watched him report
On a continent he hasn't rapport!

Why do you believe:
That which you perceive?
As Gospel-truth lies you receive?
Those that only your mind deceive?
Making you think 'Africa' is synonym to 'grieve'?

You don't read Africa
You only read about Africa
The cradle of mankind
You believe is to mankind unkind
You help in protests
Against nothing on your list of detests
You call it charity when you commission inquests!

Can a reader read a book here
When he is only there
There where he doesn't know where,
Where he feels and thinks is nowhere?
Read Africa from your heart
Not just when Africans hurt
You cannot read Africa miles apart

You read of Africa
You read about Africa
You read about Africa
You have read about Africa
You Don't Read Africa

Submitted: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Edited: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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  • F. J. Thomas (7/23/2014 9:20:00 AM)

    :) I could only smile David; this poem reminds me of the power of my friend Mandla Ngomane's words. I only know of Africa what I see on television; and they do not show the beauty of it. Watching Anthony Bourdain I was able to see a fraction of the peaceful side; but that is it.
    I imagine it must be a beautiful place amongst nature. A powerful piece David. (Report) Reply

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