Saiom Shriver

Gold Star - 21,196 Points (Ohio)

The Smoke That Thunders: Mosi Oa Tunya - Poem by Saiom Shriver

The world's most powerful
The Smoke That Thunders,
its force splitting countless
rocks asunder.

Topic(s) of this poem: africa

Poet's Notes about The Poem

John Kasich of Ohio is objecting
that the highest mountain in the US
will go back to its original and native
name, Dinali.
In 1917 it was renamed Mt. McKinley
after a US president who prosecuted
an illegal war against the Philippines.
Would Kasich want African people
who knew for millennia about the world's most
powerful waterfall, Mosi Oa Tunya,
The Smoke That Thunders, to be forced
to call the falls by the name Victoria
after the white queen of the invading empire which renamed
the falls.

An example of racism on the internet is
the following quote:

'The Victoria Falls themselves,
known locally as 'The Smoke that Thunders',
were first visited by explorer
David Livingstone in 1855

and comprise the largest waterfall in the world.'
Should we care who was allegedly the first white man
to visit the falls?

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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