My Jewel in the Safari


An inestimable jewel tucked away,
Hidden from the prying eyes of scavengers.
A fountain clear as the sun protected by the highest of the mountains,
Your beauty is so tangible and I watched with my mouth agape.

Why did you chose faraway land to be born?
I searched for you for years,
I am glad I found you in the country hills of Mwanga,
In the thick plantation of Chagga,
Treasured in the desert of the Sahara,
An African you are.

The mountains preserve your beauty,
From Johannesburg to Cairo.
The oceans pour on you to uphold your purity,
From the Atlantic to the Indian oceans.
My love is such a beauty.
Am I an African?
Only love can tell.

Ibrahim Nathaniel


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