About the site: This blog started as a place to house poems, favorites and original poems. Towards the end of ModPo 1, I added a blogroll of blogs showcasing poetic works by ModPo students and friends. Now, we are entering the 10th year of ModPO, and we continue this tradition. We hope it provides a useful place for repose, reflection and reading. Hope you enjoy your visit here and look forward to seeing you again. New poems, links and blogs are constantly being added and updated.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
My Return to Mother Africa
I return to Mother Africa an alien,
my African blood thinned through generations of race-mixing
with the Cherokee, and the Blackfoot,
and the Scots and Irish of North Carolina and Virginia . . . .
I go to the discotheques but the rhythms
are far too complex for my sensibilities,
too difficult for me to even imagine trying
to dance to; but I fake it, trying to stay in step,
consoling myself in the knowledge that,
at least, I know . . . .
With the women I find myself at a loss for words,
not necessarily because they’d laugh
at my broken Crioulo (or even at my flawed Portuguese),
nor even because I know they know
I can’t promise them a way out when I leave . . . .
No, I’m awed by them because of their courage,
because their mere existence is a triumph,
a remarkable overcoming, an achievement that stands them alone,
at least from we, who have known neither true poverty nor deprivation,
who have always had access to clean hospitals,
and uninterrupted electricity, and drinking water,
the best of schools with well-stocked libraries,
and, lest we forget, to the latest
in high-tech running shoes . . . .
Yes, I’m awed by their courage, by their resilience,