Spotlighting Pan-African Poetry

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Imagine an Africa

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Image and Africa, vibrant and strong

Her countenance bright

Her virtue, her praise, her song

Imagine an Africa, where TRUTH and justice reign

Nobility inbred

Pulsating in every African’s vein

Imagine an Africa, living at peace

Her resources invested within

No foreigners to fleece

Imagine an Africa whose vastness of wealth

Protects her people’s interests

Her sons and daughters not burdened with self

Imagine an Africa, that could harness her prowess

Branding her name

Among other continents dominance

Imagine an Africa, that summons great respect

For from her sons and daughters

Emerge a wealth of intellect

Imagine an Africa, that lends to nations

Her pride intact

Not steep neo-colonization

Imagine an Africa, vibrant and strong

Her countenance bright

Her virtue, her praise, her strong

Africans we must and we can

Draw from the pictures we shape in our minds

Demand

To live our dreams and be one of a kind

Africans, fierce

Fierce, Africans.

Trudy Walmsley

Featured Poem:

I think I can Dance

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I think I can dance !

Sikuti… under the mugumo tree

No expert judge or accolades for me

But my sway and stance cause an appreciative glance

From friends and family

As I dance under the mugumo tree

Taraab… oh flavor of coastal fever

Stories and lessons enshrined in melody

Of sainthood and sensuality

Spoken music, movement’s easy

Rhythmic

Yes as I dance under the palm tree

Nyatiti… oh nostalgic memoirs playing

Pulsating beat inwardly thundering

Hurriedly, delaying, hurriedly, delaying

Foot stomping, body bopping

Majestic pomp and waist twisting

Yes as I dance under any tree

Appreciation of mix and variation

Rhythmic interpretation of beat, song and dance combination

Our cultures an array of great mastery of art,

Danced and sang naturally,

Everyone an innate expert

The Maasai’s chant and incredible feat of fl air

Such a sight once they jump without a care

Yes our cultures are distinct as our dance, our beat

When we strum the strings and thump the drum, one can’t bear to just sit

Without invitation our bodies obey

No thought or direction

The bodies sway and twist with perfection

Yes as we dance under any tree

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Biography

Trudy grew up in Lusaka, Zambia in a culturally mixed household and moved back to Nairobi during Kenya’s move into a multiparty state which fueled her patriotic spirit. Her love for the arts, dance, painting, writing and stage performance in her formative years was key in shaping her world-view and she is intrinsically a seeker, a lover of God, truth, authenticity and inspiration.

She holds a BA in Communications from Daystar University.

Changing Winds is her first title about observations, angst and hope.

Trudy Walmsley

Biography

Trudy grew up in Lusaka, Zambia in a culturally mixed household and moved back to Nairobi during Kenya’s move into a multiparty state which fueled her patriotic spirit. Her love for the arts, dance, painting, writing and stage performance in her formative years was key in shaping her world-view and she is intrinsically a seeker, a lover of God, truth, authenticity and inspiration.

She holds a BA in Communications from Daystar University.

Changing Winds is her first title about observations, angst and hope.

Imagine an Africa

Enlarge poem

Image and Africa, vibrant and strong

Her countenance bright

Her virtue, her praise, her song

Imagine an Africa, where TRUTH and justice reign

Nobility inbred

Pulsating in every African’s vein

Imagine an Africa, living at peace

Her resources invested within

No foreigners to fleece

Imagine an Africa whose vastness of wealth

Protects her people’s interests

Her sons and daughters not burdened with self

Imagine an Africa, that could harness her prowess

Branding her name

Among other continents dominance

Imagine an Africa, that summons great respect

For from her sons and daughters

Emerge a wealth of intellect

Imagine an Africa, that lends to nations

Her pride intact

Not steep neo-colonization

Imagine an Africa, vibrant and strong

Her countenance bright

Her virtue, her praise, her strong

Africans we must and we can

Draw from the pictures we shape in our minds

Demand

To live our dreams and be one of a kind

Africans, fierce

Fierce, Africans.

Featured Poem:

I think I can Dance

Enlarge poem

I think I can dance !

Sikuti… under the mugumo tree

No expert judge or accolades for me

But my sway and stance cause an appreciative glance

From friends and family

As I dance under the mugumo tree

Taraab… oh flavor of coastal fever

Stories and lessons enshrined in melody

Of sainthood and sensuality

Spoken music, movement’s easy

Rhythmic

Yes as I dance under the palm tree

Nyatiti… oh nostalgic memoirs playing

Pulsating beat inwardly thundering

Hurriedly, delaying, hurriedly, delaying

Foot stomping, body bopping

Majestic pomp and waist twisting

Yes as I dance under any tree

Appreciation of mix and variation

Rhythmic interpretation of beat, song and dance combination

Our cultures an array of great mastery of art,

Danced and sang naturally,

Everyone an innate expert

The Maasai’s chant and incredible feat of fl air

Such a sight once they jump without a care

Yes our cultures are distinct as our dance, our beat

When we strum the strings and thump the drum, one can’t bear to just sit

Without invitation our bodies obey

No thought or direction

The bodies sway and twist with perfection

Yes as we dance under any tree

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (0)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (0)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (1)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (0)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

Imagine an Africa

Enlarge poem

Image and Africa, vibrant and strong

Her countenance bright

Her virtue, her praise, her song

Imagine an Africa, where TRUTH and justice reign

Nobility inbred

Pulsating in every African’s vein

Imagine an Africa, living at peace

Her resources invested within

No foreigners to fleece

Imagine an Africa whose vastness of wealth

Protects her people’s interests

Her sons and daughters not burdened with self

Imagine an Africa, that could harness her prowess

Branding her name

Among other continents dominance

Imagine an Africa, that summons great respect

For from her sons and daughters

Emerge a wealth of intellect

Imagine an Africa, that lends to nations

Her pride intact

Not steep neo-colonization

Imagine an Africa, vibrant and strong

Her countenance bright

Her virtue, her praise, her strong

Africans we must and we can

Draw from the pictures we shape in our minds

Demand

To live our dreams and be one of a kind

Africans, fierce

Fierce, Africans.

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