Lauwo George

(Mbeya)

As Salaam Dar es Salaam


As salaam alaykum Dar es Salaam
your name echoes far beyond Amsterdam,
although occupied once by India and Arabia,
then vanquished later in Berlin by Britannia,

you still stand strong in one glistening piece.
Your name is an epithet of a coveted peace
peace that’s longed for or likened to fresh air.
Seemingly, you enchant all with your aesthetic snare,

such as your beaches, which turn into a bed of solace
where disparate people abscond to as their comfy palace,
foot-printing their hopes and wishes on your sodden sand,
as breeze from trees dissipates their sorrows into the strand.

Submitted: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 17, 2014

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