A different form of coding...or decoding...
by Carole Boston Weatherford
Africa's not just some far-off place.
It's the beat of your heart and the sun in your face.
It's grand, old pyramids near the river Nile
and elders naming a newborn child.
It's coconuts dangling from tops of trees
and grasses dancing in the breeze.
It's herds of zebras striped black and white,
and mighty lions that stalk at night.
It's the elephant, giant of the land.
It's cloth and baskets made by hand.
It's chimpanzees on jungle vines,
and riches deep in the darkest mines.
It's the thump , thump, thump of a talking drum.
It's where man's march first started from.
No, Africa's not so far away
for it is inside us to stay.