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The Eyes of Africa ©

Margaret Leith Minter
Victoria B.C., Canada

I've looked into the eyes of Africa
those eyes of grim despair;
the eyes that say,
"Please help me,
please show me that you care."

The eyes of fathers pleading
for a slender chance at life;
a chance to raise their families
away from ethnic strife.

The eyes of starving children,
so young, and yet so old;
who know the fear of loneliness,
who have felt the world grow cold.

The eyes of grieving mothers,
who have watched their babies die;
while the world looks on in silence
and does not heed their cry.

Look into the eyes of Africa,
and feel their grim despair;
tell them we feel their anguish;
let them know we care.

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