Cape Verde Islands - Poem by Douglas McClarty
Escape from northern Emerald's icy grip
See Teide slipping away from this ship
Sailing south to Islands sunny and green.
Where dreams ended for unsuspecting souls
Now standing on these balmy rocky shores
I shiver, the thought of once rattling chains
Thousands of lost dreams brought here
Stripped of freedom, their final journey to hell
While the Christian church bells rang the Nell
Now here some of their kindred, smiling, free
They look at this stranger, they smile at me
You are welcome sir, welcome to Cape Verde.
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