Africa, Africa land of the free
Far horizons, upon far horizons stretching to infinity
We came searching for the spirit of the wild
We found Mother Earth's creatures living in harmony with man
Oh what a wonderful site to watch
Two leopards feast on their kill of a Wildebeest two minutes old.
To see the elephants mate with their tusks
To see a large colony of baboons frolicking
Mothers with young on their backs
Others hanging on underneath her belly
To see the giraffe's, the stilt walkers of the savanna
To see the delicate spirit of the bush buck
Minding his harem of 50 doe.
To watch the Maasai herdsmen tending their flock
Of goats and cattle, dressed in colourful costumes
To share in the afternoon walk to the water hole
By two male lions and then near by
To discover a lioness and her two young cubs
Frolicking on the ground and rolling in the tall grass
Oh what a wonderful gift.
Like the bush buck whose spirit I long to touch
Before I could, I needed to know
Just how close I could move.
The artist in us is crying out for expression
It challenges us to travel into the wilderness of our soul
To sit in the bumpy land rover in waiting
To be at the right spot at the right time
Will our hearts burn to make handicrafts or lace
Fly a plane or sail a boat
Once we have lit the pilot of our hearts
The journey begins and all else follows
Anne de Nada