Roger Clark

Rookie (12 June 1939 / Middlesbrough (Yorkshire))

Burkina Faso - Poem by Roger Clark

What are you thinking,
As you proudly unwrap
Your green and red flag,
In minus twenty degrees?
Do you have black thoughts
About the northern whiteness
Around you? Or
Are you here at all?
Do your coat and scarf and boots
Seem strangely out of place
In the sun of Ouagadougou
Amid the cries of children
And weaver birds?
What are you thinking?
And why do I ask?

Listen to this poem:

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Even on bitterly cold Ottawa mornings, an official for the Embassy of Burkina Faso would dress as warmly as he could & raise the flag for his homeland. The cultural contrasts could not have been more poignant & they challenge some assumptions about ourselves.

Comments about Burkina Faso by Roger Clark

There is no comment submitted by members..

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

[Hata Bildir]