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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.
It’s a quilt of plains and deserts
And the place I long to be.
It’s not a map of mindless borders;
A jigsaw of confounding countries.
It’s the land of glowing sunsets
And the place where my heart lies.
It’s not a land of vicious rivers
Crocodiles infesting every yard.
It’s the land of wondrous waterfalls
And I love its beauty though it’s marred.
It’s not a barren, useless wasteland
Where even weeds refuse to grow.
It’s a greenhouse of thick jungles
And my love for it I show.
It’s not a string of obscure dates
Or a history of forgotten war.
It’s the haven of boundless herds
And its memories I store.
It’s not a climate of stifling heat
Which even tourists will not visit.
It’s a warm resort for migrant birds
And when absent I do miss it.
I know it’s not the home of savages
Who’ve never even heard of soap.
For I have known the people there
In Africa, there is still hope.
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