Afaa Michael Weaver

(1951 / Baltimore, Maryland / United States)

My Father's Geography - Poem by Afaa Michael Weaver

I was parading the Côte d'Azur,
hopping the short trains from Nice to Cannes,
following the maze of streets in Monte Carlo
to the hill that overlooks the ville.
A woman fed me pâté in the afternoon,
calling from her stall to offer me more.
At breakfast I talked in French with an old man
about what he loved about America--the Kennedys.

On the beaches I walked and watched
topless women sunbathe and swim,
loving both home and being so far from it.

At a phone looking to Africa over the Mediterranean,
I called my father, and, missing me, he said,
"You almost home boy.Go on cross that sea!"

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  • Brian Jani (7/13/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    your poetry always has something new to learn about.keep it up (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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