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once in afrika

electric pylons
like sheet music against the sky
with the moon as full
as mona lisa's smile
speaking promises of desires still to come
heavens filled with stars & open armed vermilion sky
as broad as the ranger's smile
forever following the southern cross
& countless spoor
empty threats of taking me in
deep where i belong in leopard's undergrowth
& dappled sunlight
the envy of any hedonist
with a farm
on my continent
as i thank my xyz
for this jaunt in kruger national park
where a pride of lions killed a zebra
and her baby in half an hour's horror
surrounded by jeeps from private oxymoronic game farms
that left me yearning for adolescent apartheid detentions
that i could at least


- Bernedette Muthien


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