WEDNESDAY: Africans in Winter

BY GEMMA MEHARCHAND

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Africans in the Snow
African people come to Toronto,
Wrapped in the mystery of their lives
They walk in malls and shop for groceries,
Children clinging to their robes
Somalia, Eritrea, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone
Driving taxis they speak philosophy,
They bring us their hopes and dreams.
We see date palms, savannah and deserts,
Picture camels and ancient ruins
Ethiopia, Eritrea, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone
The Queen of Sheba walks down Dundas,
Wearing a cotton robe of gold
Nefertiti dances in the moonlight

Her headdress adorned with pearls.
Mali dancers, Eritrea, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone
Endless lines of refugee women
Children dying in their arms
War and famine, copper, oil and diamonds,
Bring colonists of a new kind.
Sudan Egypt, Eritrea, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone
Kilimanjaro, Limpopo and Congo
Cut through our memories like spears,
Leaving us dreaming of our homelands
Born in freedom once more.
Ethiopia, Eritrea, Azania, Sierra Leone
African people come to Toronto
Wrapped in the mystery of their lives

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