I Am Afrika I am the deep abyss of the dark continent the loneliness of the shifting Saharan sands the birth of the Nile and the pounding rhythm of the jungle I am the quiet heart of the elephant’s graveyard and the desperate thunder of vast grasslands I am the golden sun dripping into Atlantis and the burning rain of ancient blood I am the shores of oceans and seas and the migration of endless skies I am the Uud, the Djembe and the Kora dancing in the Kalahari midnight I am descendent of first woman and ancestor to the end of man I am the precious diamond of a forgotten treasure the moonlight falling upon crumbling pyramids the sleepless dream of Marrakech I am the last cheetah running until my life explodes I am the gazelle and the lion stolen to a far horizon I am sorrow sold into slavery I am Afrika
Norman Cristofoli has published several chapbooks of poetry/prose plus two audio compilations of spoken word performances. He published the “Labour of Love” literary magazine for 25 years and was the co-founder of the “Coffeehouse” artist networking site. His play “The Pub” was recently published with CanamBooks. A new poetry book will be available this fall.