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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Africa (03/05/09)

TITLE: Africa: Land of my Heart
By Daniel Kane
03/11/09


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Itís not just a lump of rock
In the middle of the sea.
Itís a quilt of plains and deserts
And the place I long to be.

Itís not a map of mindless borders;
A jigsaw of confounding countries.
Itís the land of glowing sunsets
And the place where my heart lies.

Itís not a land of vicious rivers
Crocodiles infesting every yard.
Itís the land of wondrous waterfalls
And I love its beauty though itís marred.

Itís not a barren, useless wasteland
Where even weeds refuse to grow.
Itís a greenhouse of thick jungles
And my love for it I show.

Itís not a string of obscure dates
Or a history of forgotten war.
Itís the haven of boundless herds
And its memories I store.

Itís not a climate of stifling heat
Which even tourists will not visit.
Itís a warm resort for migrant birds
And when absent I do miss it.

I know itís not the home of savages
Whoíve never even heard of soap.
For I have known the people there
In Africa, there is still hope.


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Dee Yoder 03/12/09
Lovely commentary of and appreciation for Africa is expressed in this poem. Some vivid descriptions of a beautiful country.
Charlie Comerford03/13/09
Beautifully written. A rich take on the true Africa.
Ruth Ann Moore03/13/09
A very nice personal description of the continent of Africa.
Sharon Kane03/13/09
Excellent use of metaphor here: quilt, jigsaw, greenhouse... Very vivid. Your affection for Africa shines through.
Jim McWhinnie 03/13/09
A from-the-heart piece of writing that communicates with exceptional clarity.
Lynn Jacky03/13/09
I liked your poem - good writing easy to read. thanks you.
Norma-Anne Hough03/17/09
Thank you for this beautiful poem and tribute to Africa.
So pleasant to read something encouraging about Africa. Being proudly South African it does my spirit good reading this.
Karlene Jacobsen 03/17/09
This is beautiful. Quite a passionate expression of your heart.
Karlene Jacobsen 03/17/09
p.s. Welcome to the challenge.