General Poetry posted November 14, 2017


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African boat people

Sail to Freedom

by Dolly'sPoems

Sail to Freedom

The night was dark, the sea was cold,
Silence final like a blade;
Our courage strong, as we were bold,
And this is when we all prayed.

The lights from the shore faded fast,
Alone with our destiny;
The ocean vast, stealthy and steadfast,
Along with pride and dignity.

The night was long, the water froze,
Feet began to numb with cold,
But optimism warmed our toes,
Liberty is made of gold.

Spirits were high and weather calm,
The Gods watched from above;
November breezed a tuneful psalm,
And delivered us with love.

The sun shone and bathed our souls,
Backs were straight and strong,
Although our clothes were full of holes,
What we did could not be wrong.

We risked our life and took a chance,
No storms to wreck our ride;
We changed our future tribal dance,
As luck was on our side.




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At 7.30am on 14th November 2017 on the Atlantic Ocean coming into the small harbour of Los Cristianos, Tenerife, I witnessed a small boat of around 8 to 10 black men, women and children who had sailed from Africa in the hope of freedom and a better life. The coast guard towed the boat into the harbour to safety, the fate of these people is in the balance, but I suspect their journey to freedom and peace has just begun. I wish them well.

This picture is not of the actual event but from Google images.
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