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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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