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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. 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. It's The Africa In Me , Diana van den Berg
  6. 6. ! ! Spirit Of Africa , Bob Blackwell
  7. 7. Born In Africa , St Antoine de la Vuadi
  8. 8. Africa , SEGUN RASAKI
  9. 9. An Africa Thunderstorm , David Rubadiri
  10. 10. Africa , Joseph Seamon Cotter
  11. 11. To The Genius Of Africa , Robert Southey
  12. 12. ' My Africa Home , Efe Benjamin
  13. 13. Mama Africa , Sylvia Chidi
  14. 14. A Memorial Of Africa , George MacDonald
  15. 15. Africa , Abisoye Sejoro
  16. 16. Africa Sings , Diana van den Berg
  17. 17. An Echo From Africa , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  18. 18. Africa , Chime Hilary Uchenna
  19. 19. Mid Wastes Of Africa A Wanderer Sped , France Preseren
  20. 20. Africa, My Ancient Home! , Eche Ononukwe
  21. 21. Don’t Cry For Me Africa , Aldo Kraas
  22. 22. Africa , TracyLee Eckstein
  23. 23. The Battle Of Shina, In Africa, Fought I.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  24. 24. A Cry From South Africa , James Montgomery
  25. 25. Oh It Is Africa , lizzie davis
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  28. 28. Show Me My Africa! , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  29. 29. Africa Has A Soul , kemurl fofanah
  30. 30. Rise Up Africa , Paul Owusu-Aduening
  31. 31. Africa My Beginning And Africa My Ending.. , Ernest Makuakua
  32. 32. To Africa (While I Was There In The Dese.. , Peter S. Quinn
  33. 33. I Have A Dream Of An Africa , LLM Mbatha
  34. 34. My Africa , Emmanuel Odum
  35. 35. Africa , Herbert Nehrlich
  36. 36. Csi Africa 'Haiku' , Josephe Buchanan
  37. 37. Daughter Of Africa , Peter Rhodes
  38. 38. Urban Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  39. 39. Africa. , Solomon Bright Dankwa
  40. 40. Africa , Gopi Krishnan Kottoor
  41. 41. Rise Up Africa , Matt Ancient
  42. 42. Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  43. 43. Africa , Brynn Fier
  44. 44. Father Africa , Joseph Oladehinde Ibikunle
  45. 45. Mama Africa , Lucia Domingos Fula
  46. 46. Giant Of Africa , Mimiko moruf oluwakayode
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  48. 48. Africa Call (Black People) , Enyinwa Okechukwu Enyinwa
  49. 49. South Africa Is Also My Country , Gert Strydom
  50. 50. Mama Africa , Elijah Ifetayo
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