Adeeyoyo's Blog

I write what I feel…




Rich velvet voices,
Voices of molten gold,
Silver threads embroider
An audible picture
Of beauty in the wild.

Harmonising sounds,
Shades of dark and light,
As the Painter wields his brush
Creating His portrait of life.

Songs of joy,
Traces of sadness,
Goodbye Africa departing,
The old replaced by the new,
Gold replaced with dross.

Image: Flickr –
Bedik village of Iwol, Southeast Sénégal
by gbaku

©DGA 15.05.2011 06:01

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

22 thoughts on “GOODBYE AFRICA

  1. ;Gold replaced with dross’ – my heart aches at this, Adeeyoyo


  2. the pain in the urbanisation process, well put


  3. A beautiful, but sad poem.


  4. sad to see the sprawl over take the beauty..ugh


  5. The last line says it all, Adee.

    So sad.


  6. An insightful piece. I read

    Rich velvet voices,
    Voices of molten gold,

    and heard as if they were here in the room with me, voices of Africa I’ve known, and saw the richness of wildlife and culture I’ve encountered mostly through books and films…

    Change on the order of what you mention is hard to bear, especially when it’s called progress, and especially for those of us who are aware that progress is so often not what it purports to be.


  7. The yearning in this poem stretches out as far as your words can, Adeeyoyo. My heart aches and I’ve never set foot on your continent. Really beautiful but as everyone says, so very sad.


  8. Powerfully expressed. A lament, really.


  9. Africa was first stabbed with the Portuguese and Spanish captured slave and then came the raping colonialism of the rest of the European powers. Now dictators and civil wars and other brutality. The nations have also accrued so much debt it looks like they can never get out. And then there is AIDS. We are pretty sure the first humans evolved from Africa and is is ironic it is last on the list of mankind today.


  10. So sad to think of this. So much is lost that can never be found again. I could cry thinking about it. Beautifully written.


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