The Negro Speaks of His goddess

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I have known women, I have known goddess
I have known both as my mother was both
In the knots of the earth as Africa’s root
In her eyes, I see Egypt and Mozambique in her skin
Her face reminds me of Somalia, Marley didn’t see what
Zimbabwe saw in her waist or the thickness of the Congo
In her thighs
Her hips formed the black star of Ghana
I see Senegal in her hair and Nigeria in her lips
Rwanda in her footsteps while she danced Kenya
Uganda in her smile? Yes even laughed as freely as Liberia
See South Africa in her grace and Sierra Leone in her pose
With Mali in her will, her heart beat Africa

I have known goddess
In the knot of the earth as Africa’s root

An adaptation of Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

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