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UKArchive ID: 31919Cry Africa July 1988 For Nelson Mandela : 1918 -2013 by prospero
Originally published on December 9, 2013 in Poetry

Author's Notes: Originally written in protest against the absurdity and cruety of Aparteid, now posted as a an act of Homage to one of the greatest men of our Times.



Out of Africa we came.
O cry Africa, cry Africa.
Out of Africa we came when the world was innocent of tears
And the land ancient; burdened by its silent years.
In Africa, beneath the glowing, blue and golden skies,
In Africa was the first word spoken;
Africa - now the land of lies.

O cry Africa, cry Africa.
Africa filled the world, gave us her greatest gift;
Out of Africa we walked proud and free, out of Africa before the rift.
How Africa filled the Earth with her children's singing;
Dancing each continent in turn, till all the world was ringing.
Filled a whole world with dancing smiling faces
With the beauty of a thousand different races.

O cry Africa, cry Africa.
How did your children forget the steps of happy dance?
How did they lose the smiles in each bright and loving glance?
Why have their words lost their voice and melody?
Has humanity's sweet song lost its harmony?

Cry Africa
O, cry Africa
Africa, Land of Tears,
Sing this sorrow down the years.

Cry Africa
O, cry Africa
Africa, Land of Joys,
Dance for him
Fill all the world with noise.





© prospero (corin on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 31919
Archived comments for Cry Africa July 1988 For Nelson Mandela : 1918 -2013
deadpoet on 10-12-2013
Cry Africa July 1988 For Nelson Mandela : 1918 -2013
Wonderful - a song in my ears and a quality poem.

Pia
xx

Author's Reply:
Thankyou Pia - watching he Memorial Ceremony riggt now:-)

ValDohren on 10-12-2013
Cry Africa July 1988 For Nelson Mandela : 1918 -2013
A great poem, enjoyed reading. Love the repetition, it reinforces the sentiment and emotionality of the piece.
Val

Author's Reply:
Thankyou Val. It is crazy really that we still have racists running around the place and none of them seem to realise that in truth we are all Africans!

Dave

bo_duke99 on 11-12-2013
Cry Africa July 1988 For Nelson Mandela : 1918 -2013
a worthy tribute

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