Africa in Tears

The people mourning.
Their ancient art are removed.
Robbed, stolen, and gone.
Gone from Mother Africa.
To European countries.

Gone from Africa.
To Germany and to France.
To The Netherlands.
To The United Kingdom.
And to The United States.

All of these countries.
Enjoying Africa’s wealth.
Africa’s great loss.
Reluctant to return them.
Now their treasured possessions.

Arguments are raised.
As ploy to hold on to them.
How can they be stored.
In unsuited museums.
Africa is not ready.

Africa in tears.
Her umbilical cord ripped.
Severed from her womb.
By hegemonic nations.
Wealthy from Africa’s loss.

All of these countries.
Have exploited Africa.
America, too.
All have become wealthy.
And Africa is weeping.

Who will dry her tears?
Who will give her recompense?
Return her artworks
Who will restore her losses?
Give her back her artifacts.

Africa mourning.
And voices remain silent.
Who is listening?
Who will wake up and respond?
Who will say “I am sorry.”

About this poem

For centuries, European and colonial and imperial powers enriched their own empires by plundering Africa’s native cultural art wealth, as well as the wealth of its human resources profited from slavery, leaving that continent trapped in poverty, while labeling it with scathing opprobrious remarks as “The Dark Continent.” This poem is a plea for compassionate responses from those nations that have far too long unjustly benefited from their “wanton indiscretions. Behold, voices wailing from Africa, Mother Africa wailing for restoration of her stolen possessions.  

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Written on April 04, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on April 04, 2022

Modified on April 28, 2023

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Quick analysis:

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 981
Words 205
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • karlcfolkes
    Thanks, Israel, for your compassionate comment.
    LikeReply1 hour ago
  • israel_u
    "How Europe underdeveloped Africa." Walter Rodney
    LikeReply11 hours ago
  • ruby_tues2006
    Love this beautiful & yet painful perspective. Understood! Tku
    LikeReply1 year ago


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