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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. ! ! Spirit Of Africa , Bob Blackwell
  6. 6. To The Genius Of Africa , Robert Southey
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  10. 10. It's The Africa In Me , Diana van den Berg
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  14. 14. Africa Sings , Diana van den Berg
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  33. 33. My Africa , Emmanuel Odum
  34. 34. Africa , Herbert Nehrlich
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  36. 36. Daughter Of Africa , Peter Rhodes
  37. 37. Africa. , Solomon Bright Dankwa
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  41. 41. Africa , Brynn Fier
  42. 42. Africa , sallam yassin
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  44. 44. Urban Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  45. 45. A Colonized Mind Of Africa , Jacques Sprenkie Mateya
  46. 46. Mama Africa , Lucia Domingos Fula
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  48. 48. Giant Of Africa , Mimiko moruf oluwakayode
  49. 49. Africa The Dignity Deferred , Anele TheAfrikanSon kaMtheth ..
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