Black Poetry : Africa,My forgotten Land!

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  1. Andreattah

    Andreattah Active Member MEMBER

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    I refuse to believe....
    that the land where i took my first breath,
    is enveloped with darkness
    How can that be the absolute truth
    when at its beating heart
    Lies a refined,elegant diamond with
    a virginal sparkle?

    Yes,i'm the diamond
    My mother is the diamond
    My sister is the diamond
    The world switched off their torches and forgot about my land
    Their mortifying thoughts incinerated my land
    I switch on the tv and i'm bamboozled
    by what i see about my land
    My eyes decieve me
    Let alone engorge
    For what i know is not what i see
    An existence untold...for it wouldn't make
    bestseller on the bookstands

    Yesterday the rebels where at the center of
    world news
    Given so much limelight as the stars from Tinseltown
    Today my president was honoured for taking a stand on peace
    For having pledged his life,to have his gracefull queen,
    my beautiful land,in a democratic system

    But is that really worth the eyes of those
    who have come to believe...
    That i,my mother,my sister live by the spear,
    with verocious animals for pets..
    Wandering zealously for their next human feast
    Maybe i shouldn't say feast coz the lion might get his hopes up
    For Africa starves right?

    I have clothes on my back and it's not because my father is a king
    nor does my grandmother come from a line of queens
    I'm just the average African....living her life
    but my story goes untold

    Africa...my Africa...the mother who gave birth to courageous souls
    From Cape to Cairo
    From the Kalahari to the Okavango swamps
    From Kilimanjaro to the river nile

    A beat was heard in the far east...
    A rhythm that echoed around the world and inspired a song
    Ullulations filled the air for the African bride came home
    She is now cosmopolitan
    Yet the rest of the world sees her untainted white gown
    ....as just another cow hide creation

    Don't get me wrong i don't begrudge my culture
    I'm just sick and tired of this pigeon hole that has been imposed on me
    I'm curbed into this little space that i'm supposed to call my home
    No window,no door...how am i supposed to breathe
    My only hope is to find my trail out of this box

    An explorer came to my land
    And he saw beauty personified
    Amazement was encrypted on his breath
    The beauty he saw was an infringement of his absolute truths
    Will he ever tell the world about the splendor of my land
    Somehow i doubt that...

    I am astonished by my "sistas"
    I don't question the word "sista"
    For together we are bound by our roots...
    Roots that go deep,yet winds of change have plucked them up
    from mother earth
    "Motherland is my home"...she says
    "But where exactly on the map is it?"....she asks
    My sista,my brother all i'm saying is...
    Before you dream the motherland,talk about the motherland,
    listen to this story for it's a story untold...
     
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    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    There is much about Africa that we do not really know. Different cultures, and levels of urbanization. Some think of it as a country and not a continent. With knowledge there is growth. Thank you for this poet. Much food for thought.
     
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    Poet...this piece stirred my spirit deeply...
    and I am proud to call you Sister Poet
    please allow my actions to speak for
    me on this peace--------> :bowdown:

    Absolutely Phenomenal!
    Sage
     
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    i love how u expressed this great motherland
    we seem to forget her sweet Africa ...........

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    daroc Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    i like the way this ended... wit a push to learn before u assume... thanks for dropin this one poet...
     
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    krazelyricks Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is a very strong piece. The title was very good too. It attracted me to the piece. I have to give you your props you did a great job with this piece.
     
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    B4 i say my peace on this piece/peace...
    First things first...
    :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
    :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

    I believe...my sista
    that THIS is more real today than it was in the past
    our homeland has been abused by misconceptions
    may we grow to truly LEARN about the land itself and not speak from the diaspora
    unknowingly
     
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    Rightious my sista...


    ""My sista,my brother all i'm saying is...
    Before you dream the motherland,talk about the motherland,
    listen to this story for it's a story untold...""




    And that is what we need to start doing. Teach.
     
  9. Andreattah

    Andreattah Active Member MEMBER

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    Thank you all for appreciating my piece.The love means a lot!
    The piece came from a very sad and emotional place in my heart...
    but i guess it's never too late to make it right,we are living in the information age,we don't have to rely on CNN.
    How else would i have come across this beautiful site representing its beautiful tribe,thousands and thousands of miles from my land.

    I'm humbled to be in your midst...
     
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    "I refuse to believe....
    that the land where i took my first breath,
    is enveloped with darkness
    How can that be the absolute truth
    when at its beating heart
    Lies a refined,elegant diamond with
    a virginal sparkle?"
    ____________________________________________
    Here-Here, Bravo & Touche'
    :heart: :heart: :heart:
    The second time I read this poem
    I stood up, read it aloud
    and gave it the respect it deserves...

    thank you my sista for writing this...it has been my sentiment for quite some time :toast: :toast: :toast:
     
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