Weeping Continent

Death drifts over the land and sees how history has laid it to waste
This ‘dark continent’ lays abused and raped
By its past, by its present, by its future
A selfish understanding of power and retribution has taken hold of us

Viva Africa!
You have been liberated
Why do you punish yourself?
Why do you fight? Why do you hate?

Death drifts over the land and weeps, colonisation beat him to it
Sadness greets the little faces of Azania’s future
What have your fathers left for you to reap?
Hungry mothers? Limbless brothers? Blind justice?

Viva Africa!
The winds of change blew for Europe
She fled when she had what she needed
Your anger is your downfall

Death becomes an ally when there’s nothing left to feel
The famine of our history leads us to learn no lessons
We’re recreating our past, we are the African Colonialists
Save yourself dear mother, comfort your children in your sandy bosom


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6 responses to “Weeping Continent

  • 83October

    This was a powerful poem in it repetition of ‘death drifts…” and “Viva Africa”. The structure you chose rendered this poem its power and effectiveness in delivering the message. The last line to me felt like a perfect depiction of a continent/country and its people, as well as the struggle that they experience.

  • liv2write2day

    Your poem has expanded my vision of the world and its pain. Thank you. Victoria

    • notjeffery

      Wow, thank you very much.
      Serj Tankian in his solo album, Elect the Dead, ends Honking Antelope (I think) by saying, “If only the world could be saved with a song,”
      I guess the same feeling applies here for Africa.

      Keep writing, keep reading.

  • wiserskydiver

    its sad to what you have seen in africa……
    but as said T.I.A. hope with words like yours and others they will change as the cradle needs to be rocked again for all humanity.


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