Silent smoke shivers over last night's fire
Rooster coughs up dawn
Tap tap crack eggs.Nostrils fill with morning miststicky with yesterday's sweat
Cloaks of dew bead on silent faces
coating sleeping skin.
Each brown dot of sand
Each rough trunk
Tickles dry palms
Scratches scarred fingerprints
Grain trickles over wrinkled skin
Parched fields beg for green.
Air, Sky, Ground
All that sight surroundsthe whole Earth crackles to liferubbing crust from its dark socketsopening them to grey light.
Thunderous hooves shake the grass awake
All Africa rumbles underfoot
Heat, humans, beasts,
trees, water, sand-
the land churns.
As night turns away
and light becomes day,
a continent risesstands and stares at the Sun.~ Miles Merrill