An African Love Poem

Africa is such an extraordinary destination, completely different from many other place on earth. Throughout the years, any people have been inspired by its beauty. The 1st president of Senegal, Léopold Sédar Senghor is also a famous poet. Here is a poem about his love for his wife and for his homeland in Africa.

The poem was in French, this version was translated into English by Gerard Benson.

Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poem Et nous baignerons mon amie:

“And we shall be bathed, my love, in the presence of Africa. Furnishings from Guinea and the Congo, heavy and burnished, calm and dark. Masks, pure and primeval, on the walls, distant but so present! Ebony thrones for ancestral guests, for Princes of the Hill Country. Musky perfumes, thick grass-mats of silence, shadowed cushions for lazing, the sound of a spring—of peace. Mythic tales and far-off songs, voices woven like the strip-cloths of the Sudan. And then, dear lamp, your kindness in cradling the obsession with this presence, black, white, and red: oh, red like the earth of Africa.”

If this does not inspire you to go to Africa, I do not know what will. Absolutely beautiful!

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~ by travelwizette on October 6, 2011.

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