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African Missionary

Rating: 5.0

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,
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Henry Brown 09 July 2009

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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Tia Maria 07 July 2009

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

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Cindy Kreiner Sera 06 July 2009

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

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Seema Chowdhury 05 July 2009

one that comes from heart touches the heart. excellent expression.

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Jack Price 05 July 2009

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

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Elbert Matt Loubser 29 August 2009

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

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Obed Souza 23 July 2009

Wonderful Poem! 10!

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Meggie Gultiano 20 July 2009

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.

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Ravi A 14 July 2009

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.

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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

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