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Dusk in Africa

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The calm of the jungle at dusk,

The soft sounds of creatures

Returning from the waterhole, spent:

Crackling branches, bodies brushing

Against dry bushes as they went.

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Silence descended slowly as night fell.

We sat relaxed around the fire,

At ease in the surrounding peace,

Sipping our after-dinner drinks

And dreaming of the morrow.

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ROAR!

RROOAARR!  The second, a demanding bellow

Then a series of grunts to follow:

GRUNT, GRUNT, grunt, grunt, g r u n t…

Fading slowly until dead…

Silence dropped heavily back in the hollow

And we all retreated to bed.

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©DGA 24 January 2012 09:33

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

37 thoughts on “Dusk in Africa

  1. Life in its many varieties … And yet it all moves as one.

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  2. Yes, indeed. And we all have the same needs to a greater or lesser degree.

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  3. Vividly portrayed.
    Reminds me of hearing that sound next to me while I was crouched next to my station wagon trying to fix a fuse. I vaulted over the roof. Never been able to do that before or since.

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  4. It would take some getting used to for me to retreat back to bed…

    Blessings – Maxi

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    • Haha, Maxi, being out in the fresh air at the game farms and/or Kruger Park is guaranteed to give you a good night’s sleep no matter what, lol! God bless you.

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  5. I’d have been in bed, head under the pillows, doors locked and windows shuttered.. at the first Roar..lol Nice visuals Denise.

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  6. Lions and Tigers and Bears.. Oh My!
    Retiring to bed would be the very last thing on my to-do list if I heard a ROAR while sipping my after dinner drink.

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  7. oh my…ha…yeah i might want to be quite secure in that from the things that go roar at night…nice setting of the scene before hand as well…

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    • Sounds do travel further ‘in the still of the night’, Brian, so the animals sound much closer than they probably are. Thanks for the compliment, my friend.

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  8. Run inside and lock the doors, adee! 😉

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  9. I can actually HEAR the animals roaming the jungle. Well done!

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  10. A million miles away from a rainy British day, Denise. Thank you: this was so vivid.

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  11. this is so not my world, or wait a minute… you know, come to think of it, the roar of lions at dusk might just be a nice change from the kind of roaring that I am accustomed to hearing in this dog-eat-dog corner of the world I live in. 😉

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  12. spectacular poem, Denise. Africa as we all dream it up here in Europe.
    Well written!
    John

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  13. Pure, Peaceful, Calm, Coolness… Had me slipping comfortably relaxed to the background sounds of darkness,frogs, locust, and an occasional flickering crackle of the fire …..and then RROOAAR!!! Spewed What Coffee I Didn’t Inhale Out My Mouth And Nose…All Over the Monitor… Great Exhilaration. Great Poetry.
    Bless You
    paul

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  14. Terrific imagery, Denise! ROAR!

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  15. Takes me back to wonderful African bush holidays – dusk is the best time of the day in the bush

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  16. Excellent portrayal of those evenings spent in the bush camp. For a city dweller, those sounds can really be very disturbing.

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    • Thanks so much for the visit and comment, AD. It is so nice to see you here although I couldn’t access your site yet. Anyway the link to your LD blog works now. I used to struggle before, so that in itself is an improvement.

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  17. What, the Lion only sprang out on me? He must have wanted my coffee…

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    • Are you sure you weren’t drinking Lion Ale, Paul? (SA brand of beer) Oh, I see that there is a Lion Ale also in the US of A! That lion sure gets around…

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  18. Dusk in the African bush sounds wonderful but I would be a little uneasy with all that roaring. Must be an amazing experience!

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    • It is, Selma. I thought I knew lions from other experiences, but to see them in the wild – they are HUGE, much bigger than I expected. Of course some are smaller, but I was really flabbergasted by the size of these ones.

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  19. Just out of a detective story…

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