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POEMS by Olga Truskalo

 

Africa

Towering peaks rising to the sky

The ocean hitting the shore

 

Africa a land where lions roar and cheetahs run

Where eagles fly high in the sky

 

Your beating drums tell of your beauty and splendour

 

Africa Africa my land

 

Your red sunsets take my breath away

 

Huge elephants roam your land

Graceful springbok jump like rainbows on your plains

 

Africa land of hope

Land of dreams

 

Stars litter your skies like diamonds in the night

Giant whales swim your waters

 

Africa land of freedom, equality and forgiveness

Rainbow nation

 

Africa you are my home.

 

 

 

Baby Alex

 

 

Born with HIV

In a hut in Natal

Two brothers and sister

 

Parents also sick

 

He has no future

He has no life

For he lives in poverty

His HIV will soon be AIDS

 

This disease is real

It kills all

Knows no gender, race or age

 

Alex`s parents will not live to see him live

They have HIV and gave it to him

 

His brothers and sisters now care for him

But they are children too and should be having fun

 

We need to fight this disease now

To make our children`s world AIDS free.

 

 

AIDS

 

 

It destroy everyone

It know no race or gender

It target children and adults

Rich and poor

 

We have to stand up

Act against this nightmare

We can beat it with knowledge

Ignorance plays into its hands

 

We need to fight this for our children

For their future

 

For our nations future

 

We can fight it through education

Knowledge is power

 

People with AIDS are like us, don’t discriminate.

 

AIDS is real.

 

 

 

Peace

 

 

We have to stop this fight

We have to end this bloodshed

 

We have to work for peace

Peace on both sides

 

We have to make peace for our children

 

This suffering has to end

We can`t keep loosing lives

 

Peace will happen if we come together

 

We have to have humanity, then we will have peace.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Olga moved to South Africa from Ukraine in 1997 when she was eleven years old. She is studying hotel management at college.

 

Her E-mail address is: emian@telkomsa.net