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It's The Africa In Me - Poem by Diana van den Berg

It’s the Africa in me
that loves the forest in which I wake,
that sees and hears its fauna and flora and revels in their names.

It’s the Africa in me
that you hear in my spirited conversation,
that shakes my shoulders as I sob my sorrows
or laugh my insides, inside-out.

It’s the Africa in me
that keeps me reading poetry deep into the night
and causes me to stroke the sinuous muscles of my striped, domestic cat
and kiss the muzzle of my gently nickering horse.

It’s the Africa in me
that has taught me how to love
and patches up the fragments of my soul after each disaster
and renews my zeal and increases my understanding
in preparation for the next onslaught.

It’s the Africa in me
that has carried me
from my first baby breath
and will support me to my very last.

I am truly a child born of Africa.

(August 1999)


Comments about It's The Africa In Me by Diana van den Berg

  • Gold Star - 16,533 Points Zwelethu Siwaphiwe Shweni (9/13/2016 4:01:00 AM)

    What an amazing peace about our beloved........! Figuratively, Africa is smiling. Literally, the people in it loves Diana for this wonderful poem. Thanks SisD, igama lakho elitsha elo, I hope you understand. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 31,891 Points Laurie Van Der Hart (9/12/2016 1:53:00 PM)

    Beautiful! The Africa in you is re-awakening the Africa in me. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,290 Points Diana Van Den Berg (9/12/2016 3:37:00 PM)

    Oh, how lovely! I am so happy that it is re-awakening the Africa in you, Laurie! Thank you for your kind words.

  • Gold Star - 155,788 Points Fabrizio Frosini (2/6/2015 4:40:00 PM)

    a great tribute to a wonderful Land.. a beautiful ''song''.. each and every line filled with poetry.. Thanks for sharing, Diana - and.. right to my MyFavoriteList (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 155,788 Points Fabrizio Frosini (9/18/2016 6:24:00 AM)

    thank you, dear Diana. Yep, but I'm 'great' only regarding my 'height'.. since I'm 1,91 cm tall :)

    BTW, since that 1st collective ebook, we've published 10 Anthologies! :)
    It would be a honor to have one of your beautiful poems in a nex ebook.. Think about.. ;)

    Veteran Poet - 1,290 Points Diana Van Den Berg (9/12/2016 3:32:00 PM)

    Wow, Fabrizio! Aren't you one of the 6 great poets that wrote a book with Galina Italyanskaya, a very good friend of mine (and a second book I think too) ? Thank you for your lovely words and for putting it into your Favourite List too.

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Poems About Africa

  1. 1. On Being Brought From Africa To America , Phillis Wheatley
  2. 2. A Far Cry From Africa , Derek Walcott
  3. 3. Africa , Claude McKay
  4. 4. Brother Africa , Colin Ian Jeffery
  5. 5. ! ! Spirit Of Africa , Bob Blackwell
  6. 6. To The Genius Of Africa , Robert Southey
  7. 7. Africa , SEGUN RASAKI
  8. 8. Africa , Joseph Seamon Cotter
  9. 9. Born In Africa , St Antoine de la Vuadi
  10. 10. It's The Africa In Me , Diana van den Berg
  11. 11. A Memorial Of Africa , George MacDonald
  12. 12. ' My Africa Home , Efe Benjamin
  13. 13. A Cry From South Africa , James Montgomery
  14. 14. An Africa Thunderstorm , David Rubadiri
  15. 15. Africa Sings , Diana van den Berg
  16. 16. Don’t Cry For Me Africa , Aldo Kraas
  17. 17. Africa , Abisoye Sejoro
  18. 18. An Echo From Africa , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  19. 19. Africa , Chime Hilary Uchenna
  20. 20. Mama Africa , Sylvia Chidi
  21. 21. The Battle Of Shina, In Africa, Fought I.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  22. 22. Mid Wastes Of Africa A Wanderer Sped , France Preseren
  23. 23. Show Me My Africa! , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  24. 24. Africa , TracyLee Eckstein
  25. 25. Africa, My Ancient Home! , Eche Ononukwe
  26. 26. Oh It Is Africa , lizzie davis
  27. 27. (africa Poems) Eagle Metaphor , Pheko Motaung
  28. 28. Crying 'Africa' , konye ori
  29. 29. I Have A Dream Of An Africa , LLM Mbatha
  30. 30. Africa Has A Soul , kemurl fofanah
  31. 31. Rise Up Africa , Paul Owusu-Aduening
  32. 32. To Africa (While I Was There In The Dese.. , Peter S. Quinn
  33. 33. My Africa , Emmanuel Odum
  34. 34. Africa , Herbert Nehrlich
  35. 35. Csi Africa 'Haiku' , Josephe Buchanan
  36. 36. Daughter Of Africa , Peter Rhodes
  37. 37. Africa. , Solomon Bright Dankwa
  38. 38. Africa , Gopi Krishnan Kottoor
  39. 39. Rise Up Africa , Matt Ancient
  40. 40. Africa My Beginning And Africa My Ending.. , Ernest Makuakua
  41. 41. Africa , Brynn Fier
  42. 42. Africa , sallam yassin
  43. 43. Father Africa , Joseph Oladehinde Ibikunle
  44. 44. Urban Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  45. 45. Mama Africa , Lucia Domingos Fula
  46. 46. Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  47. 47. A Colonized Mind Of Africa , Jacques Sprenkie Mateya
  48. 48. Giant Of Africa , Mimiko moruf oluwakayode
  49. 49. Africa The Dignity Deferred , Anele TheAfrikanSon kaMtheth ..
  50. 50. South Africa Is Also My Country , Gert Strydom
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