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A Far Cry From Africa - Poem by Derek Walcott

A wind is ruffling the tawny pelt
Of Africa, Kikuyu, quick as flies,
Batten upon the bloodstreams of the veldt.
Corpses are scattered through a paradise.
Only the worm, colonel of carrion, cries:
'Waste no compassion on these separate dead!'
Statistics justify and scholars seize
The salients of colonial policy.
What is that to the white child hacked in bed?
To savages, expendable as Jews?
Threshed out by beaters, the long rushes break
In a white dust of ibises whose cries
Have wheeled since civilizations dawn
>From the parched river or beast-teeming plain.
The violence of beast on beast is read
As natural law, but upright man
Seeks his divinity by inflicting pain.
Delirious as these worried beasts, his wars
Dance to the tightened carcass of a drum,
While he calls courage still that native dread
Of the white peace contracted by the dead.

Again brutish necessity wipes its hands
Upon the napkin of a dirty cause, again
A waste of our compassion, as with Spain,
The gorilla wrestles with the superman.
I who am poisoned with the blood of both,
Where shall I turn, divided to the vein?
I who have cursed
The drunken officer of British rule, how choose
Between this Africa and the English tongue I love?
Betray them both, or give back what they give?
How can I face such slaughter and be cool?
How can I turn from Africa and live?


Comments about A Far Cry From Africa by Derek Walcott

  • Freshman - 586 Points Valerie Hutchinson-morgan (2/12/2017 1:35:00 PM)

    The identity torment of a descendant of slaves and slave owners. Derek who at this time is probably in his eighties asks the questions of his generation. The generation that followed him look back to who they were before slavery and colonization and more embrace Africa. Younger poets from the Caribbean and America now write in local dialect. Readers are now more open to diversity in the English language. After all, language is not static, it evolves and users change and add words in each generation. English in England has undergone constant changes too. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Africa

  1. 1. A Far Cry From Africa , Derek Walcott
  2. 2. Africa , Claude McKay
  3. 3. On Being Brought From Africa To America , Phillis Wheatley
  4. 4. A Memorial Of Africa , George MacDonald
  5. 5. An Echo From Africa , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  6. 6. Don’t Cry For Me Africa , Aldo Kraas
  7. 7. Mama Africa , Sylvia Chidi
  8. 8. South Africa Is Also My Country , Gert Strydom
  9. 9. An Africa Thunderstorm , David Rubadiri
  10. 10. It's The Africa In Me , Diana van den Berg
  11. 11. A Toast To Africa , Carrie Williams Clifford
  12. 12. Image Of Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  13. 13. Africa , Joseph Seamon Cotter
  14. 14. Africa , sallam yassin
  15. 15. I Have A Dream Of An Africa , LLM Mbatha
  16. 16. I Dreamt I Was In Africa , Francis Duggan
  17. 17. Brother Africa , Colin Ian Jeffery
  18. 18. To The Genius Of Africa , Robert Southey
  19. 19. The Dust Of Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  20. 20. Mid Wastes Of Africa A Wanderer Sped , France Preseren
  21. 21. ! ! Spirit Of Africa , Bob Blackwell
  22. 22. A Colonized Mind Of Africa , Jacques Sprenkie Mateya
  23. 23. Africa , Chime Hilary Uchenna
  24. 24. Africa , SEGUN RASAKI
  25. 25. I Am Africa , Emone Emmanuel
  26. 26. In Mom Heart Africa Music Is Her Soul , sallam yassin
  27. 27. South Africa , Aldo Kraas
  28. 28. I Would Love To Go To Africa , Francis Duggan
  29. 29. Urban Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  30. 30. I Love Africa , Gert Strydom
  31. 31. Oh Africa My Africa , George mwandu
  32. 32. Africa , Lewis Grandison Alexander
  33. 33. Rise Up Africa , Matt Ancient
  34. 34. Africa , Abisoye Sejoro
  35. 35. Born In Africa , St Antoine de la Vuadi
  36. 36. Mama Africa Is On The Horizon , Edward Kofi Louis
  37. 37. Black And White Mountain Of Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  38. 38. South Africa, My Country , Gert Strydom
  39. 39. Tanzania In Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  40. 40. Born In Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  41. 41. Afghanistan, The Congo And South Africa , Saiom Shriver
  42. 42. I Am Africa , Makabongwe Nkambule
  43. 43. The Traveller In Africa , Louisa Stuart Costello
  44. 44. Children In Africa (C.I.A) . , OLUMIDE FAMILUSI
  45. 45. My Africa , swabi mnisi
  46. 46. Zambia The Real Africa , George mwandu
  47. 47. The Heart Of Africa , George mwandu
  48. 48. Africa Has A Soul , kemurl fofanah
  49. 49. The Explorer In Africa , Roden Berkeley Wriothesley N ..
  50. 50. The Cry Of Africa (For Famine Stricken A.. , Han Min Ohn
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