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This Place Called Africa (Say No To Xenophobia) - Poem by ANTHONY ANIGBATA

We all belong to this place,
This place called Africa
We are all Africans
We all originated from here
Despite the differences we
Now display.
The black sons in arid lands
We sons in the green savannah
We were once
The children chattering at distant rivers
The warriors in deep forests
Soon we shall all come home to tell tales
Of things that happen many years ago.
We are all brothers
Born to the same father
Say no to xenophobia
For our home have suffered much humiliation
In the hands of distant dwellers.
Somewhere in Africa
The green trees are as tall as mountains
The golden sun smiles at the earth
The brooding birds
Sing their songs at dusk
The crickets cry, like heartbroken mourners
Announcing the call of a dying day
But we, we stay awake
Splashing our black bloods on the soil
Of Mother Africa,
We know we have done much wrong
To that back
Which was wiped-red for our sake
By addin’ salt to that sore;
We have to say sorry to our brothers
For this wrong, this wrong we have done
For we all belong to this place,
This place called Africa.

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Form: Blank Verse

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 20, 2015

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