Colin Ian Jeffery

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Brother Africa - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery

Aids rages out of control savaging the continent of Africa


He lies near to death
Dying in the dust
Broken and forgot.

Now his children
Once mighty tribes
Fall before the setting sun.

His women - young and old
Dead and dying
Host the killer AIDS.

He calls for help
To rich brothers in the West
But his cries fall upon stone-deaf ears.

For they can find no profit
In supplying HIV drugs
To those who cannot pay.


Comments about Brother Africa by Colin Ian Jeffery

  • Jez Brul (5/2/2018 12:46:00 AM)


    Great poem about the plight of Africa...wish there will be organization that will take heed of Africa's lament.
    10+++++ To my poem list, too
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  • (3/2/2018 3:02:00 AM)


    true..this is a very sensational issue nowadays....not only sensational but it is also sensitive...thanks for creating such wonderful poem...i am looking forward to get a copy of your book) great! (Report) Reply

  • Jabulani Mzinyathi (11/13/2017 8:17:00 AM)


    captures the essence of how africa still is in chains. the physical ones are gone but the continent reels under poverty ignorance and diseases. the rich brothers plundered africa so they will not own up or even pay reparations (Report) Reply

  • Kgashane Cacious Mogale (11/10/2017 10:27:00 AM)


    very true...good writing (Report) Reply

  • Sahra Hussein (4/23/2016 12:41:00 PM)


    really good poem
    It really shows that it is from heart
    I liked it
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  • Jasbir Chatterjee (4/13/2015 5:24:00 AM)


    nice poem...written with a loving and a caring heart... (Report) Reply

  • Chris Zachariou (7/15/2014 1:10:00 PM)


    Great poem. Words from the heart to bring home the sense guilt we in northern hemisphere must bear. (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2009 6:34:00 PM)


    wow, very heart touching piece..... (Report) Reply

  • (1/6/2009 1:17:00 PM)


    This poem really hits me in the heart, I love it. (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2008 1:34:00 PM)


    Africa shall be fertile again, and God shall ease the pain. (Report) Reply

  • (12/9/2008 1:44:00 PM)


    Africa is the forgotten continent, its children left to fend for themselves were ill prepared by their colonial masters, and once more left to be managed by greedy grasping and corrupt men. I live in Howick a small town in Kwazulu Natal the province in SA that has been hit the worst by HIV/Aids, We have a cemetary in our street which three years ago was mostly empty, now its full. Thank you for writing this. Bob Blackwell (Report) Reply

  • Kassem Oude (11/22/2008 12:21:00 AM)


    Dear Sir, you're not only great poet but also a great man with good heart and mind. I respect you, you care of human being. Very nice piece in form and meanings, I loved it.
    My full appreciation to you Sir Colin, you're good friend.
    kassem
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  • (11/18/2008 3:24:00 AM)


    Jeff,
    That was nicely written and sincere. A nice piece x-raying Africans prior brawn and now, brittle morbidity and fragility. Nice piece. The caption is the bomb! Keep proclaiming the poetry of love and help.
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  • Kayode Peter Ogunleye (11/17/2008 6:24:00 AM)


    nicely written.seems to be a contribution to the campaign and awareness against H.I.V...
    but i think the government are expected to make availability of the drugs to those that are concern.
    thanks for sharing....................
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  • Sarah Abdullah (10/6/2008 11:51:00 AM)


    Harsh yet Very True Reality
    Loved the last lines how Greed makes ppl deaf when it comes to poor humans
    Such an amazing Message
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  • (10/5/2008 3:10:00 PM)


    Splendid Colin! You painted the sick brotherhood in its original colour. (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2008 4:19:00 PM)


    I dont know how to start commenting on something of this standard. Its just, wow.
    I am from South Africa and i have seen allot of Africa. The thing is, it seems like non one outside of Africa knows about what goes on here. You captured the feelings realistically and expressed the most horrid of things in a way that makes you want to help, not just read and comment.
    Your poetry is amazing.
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  • (10/3/2008 12:04:00 PM)


    I do not how truly corporate your country is...mine is nothing but. This is a true-to-life piece that most Americans would baulk at. I commend you for writing it!
    Thomas
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  • (9/30/2008 5:04:00 PM)


    I really like your poems and i am sorry i could only comment one at the time but it is good to see people writing about real things and you do it very well.thank you. (Report) Reply

  • (9/22/2008 4:45:00 AM)


    You are honest, down to earth. this peom is for everyone with a human heart...i love it (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 17, 2008

Poem Edited: Thursday, June 28, 2012


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