O AFRICA



Egyptian geese
Chase my steps back
Onto black seaweed rock
Green sea moss spot
Layers and layers
Lining infinity stretches
Cold lappings
Swashings
Mashings
Where sea meets stone, shells, sand

Take my hand
Into the Cape's belly
Feed me shark bait
Underrated
Underhanded
Back slap
Up straight
Old world crumbling
Yet everywhere I see
Lotus still blooming ...

Such sweet innocence
Found here
Gentle signs of
Gentle smiles
lighting up dark eyes
Good morning
Good morning sunshine

Wow

Burning under the waves of 3rd beach
Fitting into smalls cracks of hot shade
Cape Flats
Cape Point
St James ... tide pools
Welcome home indeed

Feed me local
Broken floors
roofs, doors
Poor and homeless
Hopeless
left to
Leaning back
Fading, dying
Unnoticed
Into red rock, red dust
White bones drying
To the scent of honeysuckle, sour figs,
Vygies, gooseberries and Rooibos ...

First breath,
First step
First human standing

Coming home into the widest arms I have ever known
The softest breasts
Sweetest breath
O Africa, you are the beginning and the end of the world.


May 6, 2011
amandablueleighpoems2011
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