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Africa | by CMBowen
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7 January 2008, 12:17 PM


O, Beloved- you've told me of your Africa,

and I've longed to see Kericho, and the lovely

green fields of tea- the flavor embodied

in the top two leaves and the buds of Kenyan chai.

I could almost see the kinsmen of your heart

walking through the fields, singing beautiful songs,

laughing and flashing bright colors in the wind and rain.


How many died in the fields today?


So strange to grieve so deeply for a place and a people

I have never seen except through your eyes. But I do,

Beloved. I mourn the ebony of midnight skies,

the white diamonds scattered within, the red

of an African sunset, and the blood

seeping into the emerald fields.

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Taken on January 7, 2008