Alf Hutchison

Rookie - 3 Points (8/7/1943 / South Africa)

African Missionary - Poem by Alf Hutchison

I am a wanderer in this nomadic land,
To whom can I lend a helping hand,
To make dark lives a little lighter,
Be a bastion of peace; not a fighter.

This Darkest African, void of light.
Transient Nomads constantly fight.
Forsaken by God it appears to be;
Africa is not the land of the free.

Never shall I pass this way again,
Witness sadness, poverty and pain,
Man’s blatant inhumanity to man,
Let me be of help now... whilst I can.

Comments about African Missionary by Alf Hutchison

  • (8/29/2009 5:13:00 AM)

    very beautiful. I adored this poem. one thing we do not see is the freedom within the hearts of the african people, this I think is much more significant than any physical entrapment (Report) Reply

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  • (7/23/2009 8:31:00 PM)

    Wonderful Poem!
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  • Meggie Gultiano (7/20/2009 6:54:00 AM)

    Never shall I pass this way again,
    Witness sadness, poverty and pain,
    Man’s blatant inhumanity to man,
    Let me be of help now... whilst I can.

    You have perfectly crafted this piece.And this is wonderful.
    (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (7/14/2009 10:48:00 AM)

    You have expressed your true feelings. Good. I am immediately reminded of the lives of David Livingstone and Albert Swaitzer. They came to the dark continent with a mission and walked into the pages of history. Actually, everybody is good at heart and everybody can really contribute to the welfare of people. I have read about your country from the travelogues of our Malayalam writer S K Pottekkat. In one of his books he describes about the Dimka savages. I can never forget these descriptions. The underdeveloped state could be due to the geographical placement of the country. Africa is a natural tropical country fit for the life of animals. Africa is a natural zoo! Africa has vast stretches of forests and rivers. If people led a life as our primitive cave men in these vast lands, there is no wonder about it. Actually, they are leading a quiet, natural life embracing and fighting with Nature in their own way but from the point of view of modern man, they are savages. It may be that we are getting into their territory and forcing them to be modern and materialistic our way! This is also possible. (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2009 7:45:00 AM)

    a truly inspiring write Alf. We hear in Australia of problems in Africa and maybe we don't know the truth, but all I know the willingness to help your country is admirable. A thoughtful and passionate poem. 10 Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • (7/9/2009 10:46:00 AM)

    My Poetic friend.
    The message always rings true.
    It is not about me or you
    Or how we will make it through
    Nor what we say but what we do
    I trust that God will minister to you too
    And your name will be in His book of whose who-My new poem, just got it while writing to you
    Let's get the message out my friend. You are an encouragement
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  • (7/7/2009 7:14:00 AM)

    This poem is beautifully created & truly touched my heart Alf. Just as the story goes of the starfish thrown back into the ocean, one by one, every little gesture counts towards making this world a better place. Bless you, Luv T (Report) Reply

  • (7/6/2009 10:16:00 AM)

    From: Linda Winchell (Albion United States; Female; 61)
    So beautifully penned! Bravo! Ten, God Bless, Linda
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  • Cindy Kreiner Sera (7/6/2009 2:47:00 AM)

    This is a tribute to those people giving their lives to help the needy, going without, doing without and dying as the people they wanted to help - you have remembered them. Well Done Alf (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2009 11:31:00 PM)

    one that comes from heart touches the heart.
    excellent expression.
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  • (7/5/2009 9:43:00 AM)

    This is a poignant commentary on Africa and the many issues that are still there.I thank you for the invite. J. L. (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (7/4/2009 11:00:00 PM)

    Sir Alf, We all share your agony and concern for the blacks. I too wonder why God had created humans in so many colors. But in Hindu mythology some Gods, like Vishnu were described to be black..........Is there another God above God? Or is it by virtue of some Natural law we haven't explored so far? ! ! ! I wonder! ! (Report) Reply

  • Louis Rams (7/4/2009 9:51:00 PM)

    you give meaning to peace and the search for freedom
    both inside and outside.
    excellent write a ten
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  • (7/4/2009 11:41:00 AM)

    can see misssonary zeal to help downtrodden in this poem.........a good write..... (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2009 9:18:00 AM)

    Africa is a blessed land. We are the chosen ones to admire it. Penned it well (Report) Reply

  • Luwi Habte (7/4/2009 6:55:00 AM)

    A real African...i can see your attention
    At all your poems are wonderfull
    great too
    well done my friend
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  • (7/4/2009 4:11:00 AM)

    Alf, I feel Africa needs more missionaries of hope like yours, ones that stay to help to educate and also to understand. Bob 10 (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2009 2:38:00 AM)

    an uplifting poem...and I salute you for your kind mission and vision... (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2009 1:21:00 AM)

    You are a good man. Many years ago, my cousin Isobel was a missionary in Zimbabwe, She died very young of breast cancer, leaving four young children. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Martyres (7/4/2009 1:13:00 AM)

    Alf you really write from the paint life like images here with the true artist's brush and touch.... Having visited Africa I can see exactly what you mean....10+++++++ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 3, 2009

Poem Edited: Friday, July 3, 2009

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