Sitting in a big hotel in Lusaka
Very Western
Pleasant but sterile
Sitting by a lovely “water feature”
With koi and papyrus and purple flowers
And water lilies

Relaxing with a bottle of Boschendal wine
And a new book.
Served by an attentive waiter called Jeffrey

Looking forward to my safari
Tomorrow!
Wishing the time would evaporate
So I could be in the bush
Tomorrow!

And then I heard the familiar,
If exotic,
Bird song
And looked up
To see small birds
Flying into their intricate nests
In some nearby tall palm trees

I smiled wistfully
The palm weavers have welcomed me back
To my beloved Africa

(20 March 2009)

Posted by Nancy McDaniel

retired from career in advertising. Volunteer: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company Board, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Greeters. Co-owner of part time contemporary African art business called Dumela. Travel to Africa on photographic safaris and volunteer projects at least once per year for past 25+ years. Love to write.

8 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing the cool poem, Nancy! It’s great to have you back publishing with us again after an eight-year break! SMILE

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  2. Gordon Davidescu March 14, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful poem, Nancy! Nice to see your writing here once again!

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  3. thanks to all my commenters – I loved this poem too and still remember writing it – at the table in the cocktail lounge on scraps of paper. while drinking that lovely Boschendal sauvignon blanc.

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  4. I like your poem very much! Very beautiful!

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  5. “Pleasant but sterile” is a great way to describe a hotel! This is a very peaceful poem.

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  6. thank you Emily and Brielle

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