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A Far Cry From Africa - Poem by Derek Walcott

A wind is ruffling the tawny pelt
Of Africa, Kikuyu, quick as flies,
Batten upon the bloodstreams of the veldt.
Corpses are scattered through a paradise.
Only the worm, colonel of carrion, cries:
'Waste no compassion on these separate dead!'
Statistics justify and scholars seize
The salients of colonial policy.
What is that to the white child hacked in bed?
To savages, expendable as Jews?
Threshed out by beaters, the long rushes break
In a white dust of ibises whose cries
Have wheeled since civilizations dawn
>From the parched river or beast-teeming plain.
The violence of beast on beast is read
As natural law, but upright man
Seeks his divinity by inflicting pain.
Delirious as these worried beasts, his wars
Dance to the tightened carcass of a drum,
While he calls courage still that native dread
Of the white peace contracted by the dead.

Again brutish necessity wipes its hands
Upon the napkin of a dirty cause, again
A waste of our compassion, as with Spain,
The gorilla wrestles with the superman.
I who am poisoned with the blood of both,
Where shall I turn, divided to the vein?
I who have cursed
The drunken officer of British rule, how choose
Between this Africa and the English tongue I love?
Betray them both, or give back what they give?
How can I face such slaughter and be cool?
How can I turn from Africa and live?

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Poems About Africa

  1. 1. A Far Cry From Africa , Derek Walcott
  2. 2. Harlem [dream Deferred] , Langston Hughes
  3. 3. A Memorial Of Africa , George MacDonald
  4. 4. A Toast To Africa , Carrie Williams Clifford
  5. 5. Nikki-Rosa , Nikki Giovanni
  6. 6. A Negro Love Song , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  7. 7. An Echo From Africa , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  8. 8. Homage To My Hips , Lucille Clifton
  9. 9. An African Elegy , Robert Duncan
  10. 10. Africa , Joseph Seamon Cotter
  11. 11. A Trip Through Africa , Abraham Sutzkever
  12. 12. Irritable Mystic , Nathaniel Mackey
  13. 13. The African Chief , William Cullen Bryant
  14. 14. The Explorer In Africa , Roden Berkeley Wriothesley N ..
  15. 15. African Interlude , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  16. 16. On Being Brought From Africa To America , Phillis Wheatley
  17. 17. The Traveller In Africa , Louisa Stuart Costello
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