A Poem of Africa

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I came across this poem of Africa and thought I would share it.  When I first posted the poem I had no idea who wrote it but a reader left a comment saying the poem was written by C. Emily Dibb. 

Having camped many nights in the African bush this simple poem captures that feeling of sitting around a campfire and listening to the sounds of the African night.



When you have acquired a taste for the dust,
and the scent of our first rain,
You're hooked for life on Africa,
and you'll not be right again.
Until you can watch the setting moon
and hear the jackals bark,
And know they're all around you,
waiting in the dark.

When you long to see the elephants,
or hear the coucal's song,
When the moonrise sets your blood on fire,
then you've been away too long.
It is time to cut the traces loose,
and let your heart go free,
Beyond that far horizon
where your spirit longs to be.

Africa is waiting - come!
Since you've touched the open sky
and learned to love the rustling grass
and the wild fish eagle's cry.
You'll always hunger for the bush;
for the lion's rasping roar,
To camp at last beneath the stars
and be at peace once more.

- C. Emily Dibb

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  1. Annica Van Rensburg on April 9, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Good day Dan Hopkins. Just wanted to correct the facts please, the poem of ‘AFRICA’ is not unknown, (although on some places on the web it does states so) . But It is actually written by writer C. Emily Dibb , she has written some wonderful books about Africa. ( book: ”Ivory, apes and peacocks”) Would be wonderful if you could correct your post and give a credit to this talented writer at the end of the poem. Much aprecciated !

    • Dan Hopkins on April 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you Annica! I found this poem on the web somewhere and tried to find the author. I have updated the title and listed C. Emily Dibb as the author. Thanks for the book suggestion as well. I will be looking for a copy.

      • Annica Van Rensburg on April 11, 2018 at 2:26 am

        Dan Hopkins, thank you so much for your response! Through this poem, I came upon your website / business. It is exciting what you offer. We are South Africans, nature lovers, photographers and keen eco-travellers. I will contact you in the near future on your direct email with some ideas and proposals.

        If you might be interested, here is our personal travel dairy blog : https://annicajohanvanrensburg.wordpress.com/
        Best wishes.
        Annica VR

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