Australia to Arabia and Zanzibar
Wandering like Joseph
Animals from Antelopes to Zebras
Roam their own vast spaces
As nature intended
And not in a zoo.
How can a giraffe
So very tall
Disappear from view.
A mother lion and cubs
Ignore the circling safari
A lick, a snarl, a swaggering few.
The leopard with in-filled spots
Ignores the enclosing traffic jam
Yet jumps skittishly at a twig.
Thousands of Wildebeest
Migrate like ants down the hill
To cross the river en masse.
A Samburu in pastels and beads
Shares the knowledge of years
With his curious visitors.
Maasai in red, hiss and
Leap before the fire
Bring the watchers to the dance.
Narrow Stonetown lanes
Ancients houses, carved wooden doors
Intrigue yet exclude the visitor.
New days, new language and experiences
Asanti sana, Karibu
These songs of Africa stay with us
Though our passing presence
Goes unnoticed into Africa.
© Pauleen Cass 2013