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African Memories

A breeze brought me the scent of Africa today, that indefinable smoky

acrid nose-twitching aroma

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tinged with vanilla

from the winds of Madagascar.

I closed my eyes...

savored the spicy fragrance As a breeze brought me the scent of Africa today.

Transported far from Florida's sandy soil

to tawny burnt brown grasses of Zimbabwe.

Baobab trees, mopani bushes and acacias

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those faraway places of my youth.

Bundu towns, Bembesi, Balla Balla

and my home in Bulawayo. A breeze brought me scenes of Africa today.

Round rondavels with peaked thatched roofs,

the blue hills of Motopos...

girls of the Matabele tribe

bundles of firewood on their heads -

they strode with an easy gait,

the air filled with their singing. A breeze brought me the sounds of Africa today.

Then the ocean claimed that pungent gypsy-wind,

I am back on Florida's sandy shore,

Africa just memories once more.

I yearn for another day

A day when I can say, A breeze brings the scent of Africa to me.

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