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Topic: Africa (03/05/09)
TITLE: Africa: Land of my Heart
By Daniel Kane
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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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