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    African Writers’ Corner

    Visibly Invisible

    Amira Ali

    2011-05-12, Issue 529

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    'Man dreams
    of far away lands
    thoughts yearnin'
    of unconcealed gems
    to fetch and be fetch'd,

    to reach the field
    of the unknown
    but to be desecrat'd
    by projects
    of food stamps and sorts
    yet unknown...'

    Man dreams
    of far away lands
    thoughts yearnin'
    of unconcealed gems
    to fetch and be fetch'd,

    to reach the field
    of the unknown
    but to be desecrat'd
    by projects
    of food stamps and sorts
    yet unknown,

    mist'd in that
    which lingers on swamps
    he prays behind moonlight
    that falls onto
    naked mountains
    in the fall,

    He, labelled impossibility
    on both sides
    paints on foreign walls
    poetically imprisoned
    ethnographical murals and imprints
    of slave ships carryin' decades
    of colored fights,

    seduced by otherness
    he's kicked in the belly
    by isms,
    but he fights back
    in colors of colorless

    makin' statements
    findin' reasons
    for existence
    to be an image
    in the visible
    of worlds of invisible men,

    deceived by man himself
    he wages on impossibilities
    obliteratin' to build
    a love bridge between
    the visible
    and invisible of men.

    * afro'disiatic expressions © (2011)
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