Child of Africa

By Wayne Visser

I am a child of Africa –
Young and wild and free
I play on streets of sunny hope
And feed on dusty dreams
I am a child of Africa –
Young and bold and bright
I think a million sparkling thoughts
And wish on shooting stars
 
I do not want your pity –
For I am not a helpless pup
I do not want your charity –
For I will thrive at first chance
I do not want your mistrust –
For being young is not a crime
I do no want your prejudice –
For that is your prison not mine
 
You will know me
Not by the colour of my skin
But by the spectrum of my ideas
For I am Africa’s child
You will know me
Not by the name of my tribe
But by the poetry of my ideals
For I am Africa’s child
 
I may look young
But I am older than you
For I was born at the beginning of time
I may look weak
But I am stronger than you
For I was weaned on the milk of the sun
I may look simple
But I am smarter than you
For I was schooled at the knee of wise elders
 
You will know me
Not by the poverty of my means
But by the wealth of my ends
For I am Africa’s child
You will know me
Not by the shadows of my past
But by the brilliance of my future
For I am Africa’s child
 
I do not want your visions –
For I have dreams of my own
I do not want your fears –
For I have monsters enough
I do not want your leftovers –
For I have freshly baked needs
I do not want your playthings –
For I have imagination aplenty
 
I am a child of Africa
Young and shy and sweet
I smile to hide my nervous pride
And laugh with crystal joy
I am a child of Africa
Young and hip and cool
I dance my way to destiny
And rise on wings of change

 

Wayne Visser © 2014

 

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