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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. ! ! Spirit Of Africa , Bob Blackwell
  7. 7. Don’t Cry For Me Africa , Aldo Kraas
  8. 8. Mama Africa , Sylvia Chidi
  9. 9. South Africa Is Also My Country , Gert Strydom
  10. 10. An Africa Thunderstorm , David Rubadiri
  11. 11. It's The Africa In Me , Diana van den Berg
  12. 12. A Toast To Africa , Carrie Williams Clifford
  13. 13. Image Of Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  14. 14. Africa , Joseph Seamon Cotter
  15. 15. Africa , sallam yassin
  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. A Colonized Mind Of Africa , Jacques Sprenkie Mateya
  22. 22. Africa , Chime Hilary Uchenna
  23. 23. Africa , SEGUN RASAKI
  24. 24. I Am Africa , Emone Emmanuel
  25. 25. In Mom Heart Africa Music Is Her Soul , sallam yassin
  26. 26. South Africa , Aldo Kraas
  27. 27. I Would Love To Go To Africa , Francis Duggan
  28. 28. Urban Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  29. 29. I Love Africa , Gert Strydom
  30. 30. Oh Africa My Africa , George mwandu
  31. 31. Africa , Lewis Grandison Alexander
  32. 32. Rise Up Africa , Matt Ancient
  33. 33. Africa , Abisoye Sejoro
  34. 34. Born In Africa , St Antoine de la Vuadi
  35. 35. Mama Africa Is On The Horizon , Edward Kofi Louis
  36. 36. Black And White Mountain Of Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  37. 37. South Africa, My Country , Gert Strydom
  38. 38. Tanzania In Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  39. 39. Born In Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  40. 40. Afghanistan, The Congo And South Africa , Saiom Shriver
  41. 41. I Am Africa , Makabongwe Nkambule
  42. 42. The Traveller In Africa , Louisa Stuart Costello
  43. 43. Children In Africa (C.I.A) . , OLUMIDE FAMILUSI
  44. 44. My Africa , swabi mnisi
  45. 45. Zambia The Real Africa , George mwandu
  46. 46. The Heart Of Africa , George mwandu
  47. 47. Africa Has A Soul , kemurl fofanah
  48. 48. The Explorer In Africa , Roden Berkeley Wriothesley N ..
  49. 49. The Cry Of Africa (For Famine Stricken A.. , Han Min Ohn
  50. 50. For The People Of East Africa , Eric Cockrell
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